Here at Restorative Justice Victoria, not only do we deliver a comprehensive restorative justice program, we also participate in research and other projects related to restorative justice when opportunities arise.  

Spotlight Projects: 

  • Victim services and restorative justice online training
  • Research project with the Department of Justice Canada: Restorative justice with adult offenders with cognitive challenges
  • Victim services and restorative justice collaboration guide
  • Evaluation of restorative justice programming

Current Projects

Girls* Circle Community Project

The Girls* Circle Community Project is a 12 to 24-week gender-responsive, violence prevention program serving girls, non-binary, and gender diverse youth aged 9-18 through in school or after-school groups. The goal of the Girls* Circle Community Project is to foster safety and socio-emotional wellbeing, to build skills in critical thinking, communications, and decision-making, and to support healthy relationships with self, peers and adult women in the community. Building these protective factors help foster a positive life stage of change, in addition to equipping girls to manage stress, anxiety and negate violence and discrimination. The workshops explore a variety of topics including healthy relationships to self and peers, diversity and identity, media and self-image, self-love, bodies, conflict and communication, boundaries, empathy and compassion, emotional wellness, values, interests and self-awareness. The Girls* Circle Community Project is a facilitated peer-to-peer learning environment, treating the participants as experts of their own lives and leaders in their community.

This project is supported by the First West Foundation. First West Foundation is proud to provide grants through the Island Savings Community Endowment. This project is also supported by the Rachel Davis Fund at the Victoria Foundation. For more information, contact 

Evaluating for Restorative Results

Beginning in June 2019, we have been participating in the BC-wide project facilitated by Just Outcomes Consulting to create a set of evaluation criteria and questionnaires for clients of restorative justice services. The goal of the project is to create a shared set of data to understand the current practice of restorative justice in BC, to support programs in their continuous efforts to improve, and to have access to data for grant and advocacy purposes. The pilot where the evaluation tools will be used within programs throughout BC will begin in October 2020. 

Past Projects

Crime Victim's Experiences of Restorative Justice: A Listening Project

Conducted by Just Outcomes Consulting for the Department of Justice Canada, we participated as one of five sites in a research study “Crime Victim’s Experiences of Restorative Justice: A Listening Project”. The goal of the project was to listen to the voices and perspectives of victims/survivors and victim service providers and explore their experiences of restorative justice. It reported on findings on the needs of victims of crime and how restorative justice did and did not meet those needs, as well as suggestions from Listening Project participants on how to enhance meaningful victim involvement. 

See the final report here

Restorative Justice and FASD

Led by the Department of Justice Canada, and supported by Alderson-Gill & Associates, Goss Gilroy Inc., and Otter Daughters Consulting, we participated as one of five sites in a research study to examine different elements of restorative justice practices that are modified or implemented to work with adult responsible parties with diagnosed or suspected FASD.

See the final report here

"I will be able to leave this meeting knowing that my daughter feels she has been heard and that she has been able to forgive which is helpful for her, and the accused. ."

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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.

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 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.

Our Casework Continuity and Innovative Practices during Covid-19 Initiative is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Victoria Foundation.