About the data: Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice provides funding for restorative justice, Victim Support and a broad range of Crime Prevention and Community Safety initiatives. The Family Court pay a number of third-party providers in exchange for a range of court-ordered services.


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Regional contracts

Restorative Justice, Victim Support and Crime Prevention and Community Safety contracts are displayed at the local service provider level.

The Family Court contracts third-party providers on a fee-for-service basis to supply what are largely legislatively required services. The term ‘fee-for-service’ refers to the process of a provider charging the Court their contracted fee after they have performed a specified service to the agreed standard.

In this tool, regional Family Court expenditure is divided over regional areas. The expenditure is shown as an apportioned amount on a per capita basis per region. Only a small portion of the population will ever engage with the Family Court, so the cost per capita should be interpreted with some caution. Furthermore, the Family Court may not necessarily contract providers to deliver services in every sub-region identified in this tool.

Financial year

The Restorative Justice and Crime Prevention and Community Safety financial year runs from 1 July to 30 June in the next year. On this site the year end number is shown to represent the financial year. For example the year 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 is shown as the financial year 2011.

The Family Court contract amounts are represented as 2010/11 indicative forecasts, however the figures are actual 2009/10 expenditure.

Family Court – various

Family Court providers have not been specifically named in this tool because their contracts are fee for service and are confidential.

Service groups

  • Victim Support: Victim Support programmes that provide emotional, practical, and financial support to people hurt by crime and trauma
  • Restorative Justice conferences: reconciling offenders and the victims of their crime
  • Community Relations and Operations projects that support crime prevention and community safety priorities based in local communities

Family Court contracts:

  • Stopping Violence programmes for domestic violence perpetrators subject to protection orders under the Domestic Violence Act 1995 or proceedings in a Family Violence Court
  • Family Violence education and support programmes for victims subject to protection orders under the Domestic Violence Act 1995
  • Family Court Counselling services for adults and couples requiring assistance to resolve marital or guardianship/custody disputes
  • Parenting Through Separation Programme - assistance to parents to effectively help their children when they are separating or considering separation.

Contract and funding data

Apportionment of funding

For all areas below the regional level the contract total has been “apportioned” (or divided) by the Census population figures for that area. This approach suggests that services are accessible by the whole population of that region.

However, for Ministry of Justice funded programmes this is not necessarily the case. A service will not always be available to all parts of a population or in a particular area.

Description of areas

This website displays the data using Territorial Authorities areas and so some data has been approximated based on geographic area

Provider data

Victim Support contracts are all single operational grants.

Restorative justice contracts reflect the total number of restorative justice conferences a service provider is contracted to hold.

Crime Prevention and Community Safety contracts are single conditional grants.

Family Court services are funded in response to demand for that service, including some services that are court ordered – so volumes cannot be predetermined.

Funder

The Ministry of Justice contracts through three main funding streams:

  • Victim Support
  • Restorative Justice
  • Community Relations and Operations

The Family Court contracts providers on a fee-for-service basis and is not considered a 'funding' body.