We receive referrals from a variety of sources. Most of them are sent to us by personnel working in the criminal justice system. However, we are also referred cases from school staff and members of the public can self-refer.
We have Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) to receive referrals from Victoria and Oak Bay Police Departments and the Attorney General to receive Crown referrals from the Victoria and Colwood (for the entire Western Communities region) Crown offices. We began working with the Victoria Police Department in 2004, when we did a restorative justice pilot with the Department. After a successful pilot, we signed an MOU with them in 2006. We signed an MOU with the Attorney General in 2008 and with the Oak Bay Police Department in 2016. We greatly value the relationships we have with our referral sources and appreciate the value they place in restorative justice as a response to crime and violence.
We can also receive referrals from judges and probation. And occasionally we receive referrals from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) related to fraud cases. We are often approached by members of the community and personnel within the justice system regarding unique circumstances who are interested in restorative justice as a response. We are always open to discussing these matters. If we are unable to assist, we will do our best to provide other resources and supports in the community.
See what referring agencies say about working with Restorative Justice Victoria. See Testimonials