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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