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RJ Victoria facilitates restorative justice dialogues, community accountability dialogues, victim-offender mediation, and peace-making circles. Cases are referred to us by Victoria and Oak Bay Police, Crown Counsel, other social service agencies, schools, ICBC, and individuals (self-referrals), and range from pre-charge diversion files to post-conviction and post-sentencing RJ meetings.
All restorative justice processes are facilitated by trained volunteer caseworkers. Being a volunteer position requires maturity, insight, respect and the ability to be assertive when necessary.
How it works:
Once a case passes the pre-screening stage by an RJV staff member, an email is sent out to all casework volunteers asking if they are able to take on one of the roles (typically two facilitators, a mentor for the victim, a mentor for the offender, a scribe, and a community member).
- The facilitators are the leaders of the entire case. This position entails meeting individually with the victim, the offender, both their supporters, and any community members participating to describe the process and ensure the case is still appropriate to go through restorative justice. At the restorative justice/community accountability dialogue, the facilitators lead the meeting and ensure the space meeting remains safe, respectful, and beneficial for everyone.
- The offender's mentor supports the offender in taking accountability before, during, and after the restorative justice/community accountability dialogue, and connecting them with relevant resources in the community. This role requires at least one in-person meeting with the offender before the dialogue, as well as keeping in touch with the offender on a regular basis after the dialogue and supporting him/her in accomplishing each of the agreement terms.
- The victim's mentor: we also offer mentors for victims, who provide emotional and practical support throughout the RJ process.
- Community members serve multiple purposes at the restorative justice dialogue. These roles are filled by RJV caseworkers as well as people from the actual communities where the offense took place. Their primary job is to encourage the offender to understand the impact of his/her actions on the community at large. Community members also contribute to the agreement.
- Scribes help out with all the admin tasks at an RJ dialogue, including setting up the room ahead of time, putting together all paperwork, typing the agreement, collecting surveys from participants, and facilitating the post-dialogue debrief with the RJV volunteers on the team.
Facilitators and mentors are required to provide a recent criminal record check and complete relevant training (approx. six weeks for mentors, and eight weeks for facilitators). We also expect volunteers at RJ Victoria you must give a minimum commitment of one year, and as a caseworker, to put your name forward for at least six cases per year.
Being a caseworker is very rewarding, and can be very demanding. We are very much a community at RJV, and we do everything we can to ensure our volunteers feel valued and confident.
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