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.
- 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
Girls Circle Community Project
The Girls Circle Community Project is a 12 to 24-week gender-responsive, violence prevention program serving female-identifying 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. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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.