About Restorative Justice Victoria

Established in 2002, Restorative Justice Victoria (RJV) is nationally-recognized leader in the field of restorative justice.

We receive 75-150 referrals annually from local police, British Columbia Crown Counsel, judges, probation, ICBC, schools, and members of the community. The goal of our work is to address the harms resulting from crime and violence. Our methodologies can be used as a diversion from, or in conjunction with, the traditional justice system. Our caseworkers are trained community members in fields such as psychology, social work, counseling, and mediation.

Modern restorative justice is a relatively new concept in the context of the Canadian legal system, and RJV has been instrumental in helping individuals and communities heal through this practice for almost two decades. Our processes are designed around the concepts of safety, dignity, belonging, and respect, and those who participate in them report high levels of satisfaction, increased confidence in the justice system, greater rates of agreement completion from offenders, and feeling safer and more connected to their communities.

We receive referrals for a wide range of offences, with the most common being mischief, various forms of assault, and theft. A restorative justice process can potentially be used for any crime in which harm has occurred. This can happen when the offender shows an adequate degree of responsibility and willingness to address the resulting harms, and when the victim would like an opportunity to be heard, have questions answered, or seek restitution. All cases must be individually assessed for appropriateness.

"For me, an important realization was the idea that justice itself could be offered in another way. In other words, justice wasn't something that was only accomplished by a judicial sentence – restorative justice is an alternative to that system. And it is indeed a form of justice, just one that starts with the victim, not the offender."

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RJV & Covid-19

We are continuing to offer our restorative justice services during this time. We are also taking new referrals as well.

We are primarily working with clients through online conferencing and phone meetings. Depending on the circumstances, our caseworkers can meet with clients in person, provided that everyone is comfortable doing so. We are following all the BC Government guidelines to minimize risk during in-person meetings, and can explore various options with clients on a case-by-case basis. Our staff are continuing to work at home and occasionally in the office. If you would like to contact us, email us at office@rjvictoria.com or leave a voicemail at (250) 383-5801 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

The safety of our clients, volunteers, and staff is paramount. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how your case might proceed with our health and safety processes in place. We hope that you are doing well during this challenging time.