Our Approach to Restorative Justice

One of the things that makes restorative justice unique is that our first consideration is for the victim, as the person most directly harmed by the offender’s actions. We call this being “victim-centred.” No one deserves to be hurt by crime and violence, so our first concern is for victims and their recovery from the harm they have experienced. We can assist victims by offering them a justice approach that is empowering, compassionate, and responsive to their needs. We can also assist them in connecting with other agencies and resources that can further aid them in coping. We see victims as being “in the driver’s seat” in terms of our time with them, as they are the experts about where they are at and where they want to go.

For those who have caused harm, restorative justice represents an opportunity for them to hold themselves accountable to the people they have hurt, to explain their actions in a supportive and respectful environment, and to take meaningful and tangible steps to make things right and address the needs that have been created by their crime.

Those who become involved with us in order to support the victim or the offender in the restorative justice process, such as family, friends, and service providers, have a unique role to play in this “victim-centred” work. In addition to providing important emotional support in the aftermath of the crime, not only can they speak to the importance of bringing focus and understanding to the needs of the people who have been victimized, but they also provide guidance on how to address the underlying factors or causes of the crime in collaboration with the offender, with the goal of ensuring that they don’t engage in such behaviours in the future.  

"Through the process, I've actually been able to identify and begin to connect the harm the assault caused me. I've been given an understanding, tools, support and a sense of justice that will allow me to continue to unpack and heal what has happened."

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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.

Depending on the circumstances and the comfort levels of everyone involved, we are working with clients through online conferencing, phone meetings, and/or in-person. 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 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.

We are currently enrolled in the Canadian Red Cross Stop the Spread program which allows us to administer COVID-19 tests to staff, volunteers and clients upon request on a voluntary basis. Clients wishing to take advantage of this service may discuss this option with an RJV team member.

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.

Our work during the pandemic is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Victoria Foundation’s Community Recovery Program Grant.