We funded the set-up costs of a new charity, Witness Confident, which is taking a stand against the walk-on-by culture that fuels violent crime, feeds fear and fractures communities.
Witness Confident has been set up to promote greater public participation in the prevention and solution of crime and to promote good citizenship and civic responsibility in England and Wales. It operates by:
- Working with communities to engage with and support individuals who witness violent or serious crime.
- Providing advice, guidance and assistance for individuals who witness violent or serious crime.
- Advancing ways that new technology can enable such greater public participation.
- Undertaking research, influencing practice and policy and informing public perceptions.
In February 2012, Witness Confident launched Streetviolence.org, a new website to help cut violent crime. The site allows victims of street robberies and attacks to report to the police online, post witness appeals and warn their local community by pinpointing the crime on a Google map.People who witnessed the incident and are able to help can then get in touch with the right police team at the click of a button.
Grant amount and duration
June 2009 - April 2012
- The first decade of intermediaries in the criminal justice system
- Impact of special measures on jury decision-making
- Interviewing children who are reluctant to disclose sexual abuse
- Young witnesses in criminal cases
- An evaluation of one-stop-shops for women offenders
- Children and young adults in gangs: impact on lifecourse development
- Sentencing of dangerous offenders