Restorative Justice is an approach to achieving justice by engaging those involved in criminal, non-criminal, interpersonal conflict or disputes in an inclusive and meaningful way. This approach brings healing to parties by creating an environment for conversation about harm, impact, accountability, and reparation of harm. Restorative Justice seeks to support all parties through a philosophy of Engage, Empower, Support, Restore. Restorative Justice also provides opportunities for youth to participate in education, prevention, and mentorship programs.

  • Contact Info:

    Ranjit Kingra, Program Coordinator

  • Phone:

    604-467-6911 ext. 1159 - Cell: 604-340-6903

  • Email:

    rkingra@comservice.bc.ca

Our Impact

Restorative Justice has been changing lives for over 27 years.

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Why Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice is a process that can transform fear, shame, and hurt into a sense of safety, closure and healing. Restorative justice unwraps the layers of harm and helps people navigate available community resources.

The Restorative Justice program was presented with the Solicitor General Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award for outstanding contribution towards crime prevention and community safety in British Columbia.

Why does Restorative Justice Work?

  • Restorative Justice provides the opportunity for healing and closure.
  • Restorative Justice creates safer communities, reducing crime
    and re-offence.
  • Studies find that victims who participated in Restorative Justice have a reduced traumatic impact from the harm causing event.
  • Restorative Justice is six times more cost effective than court proceedings.
  • Restorative Justice supports individual needs by helping them locate and navigate support services.
  • It is an opportunity for those who have harmed, to hear about the impact their actions had on others, to be accountable for what they did, and to be a part of the process to repair relationships and community.
  • Engages people in a safe and inclusive process that helps them feel safer and supported.
  • The program’s success is based on client satisfaction and an approximate non-offending rate of 80%.

How does Restorative Justice Work?

Referrals come from a variety of sources i.e. schools, police, courts, businesses, community, as well as self-referrals. The process begins with individual conversations with people who have been impacted by the harmful event.

For the people who were harmed

It’s a conversation about their experience and how has it affected them. From the emotional, psychological, physical and possible financial impact, the impact of the harm can have far reaching ramifications. For example, many victims of crime suffer from anxiety and depression, social isolation, fear for safety, feeling unsafe in the community, anger, self-harm to cope, embarrassment and shame.

For the people who harmed

They talk about the incident, what happened, what was going on for them before and during the incident and after, the harm was done, responsibility, and accountability.

A restorative justice circle brings the harmed parties and their supports together with the person who harmed and their supports. Restorative justice provides a safe and inclusive space to have those difficult discussions of harm, its impact and repairing of harm done to people, relationships and community.

Restorative Justice in Schools

Restorative Justice is an ever-changing and evolving community-based program of Community Services that has been working with schools for the past 20 years responding to and supporting staff with incidents of harm. The program aims to strengthen relationships and build community by encouraging a caring school climate. The Restorative Justice approach emphasizes students being involved in a process of naming the values and principles to live by within their school community and focuses on activities that build ties between students and the community.

The Effects of Shoplifting Program

The Effects of Shoplifting program is a one-to-one program that uses a comprehensive workbook that includes relevant research and statistics pertaining to theft from retailers. The Effects of Shoplifting Program increases participants’ awareness of the harm caused and the impact their actions have on people, businesses, and the community.

For more information about Restorative Justice

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/bcs-criminal-justice-system/understanding-criminal-justice/restorative-justice

Proud member of Restorative Justice Association of British Columbia

https://rjabc.ca/

Restorative Justice Program Info

Who Qualifies/Eligibility

Minimum age for service is 9 years old with no maximum age limit

Hours of Service

Monday – Friday, hours vary

Cost

Free

Location

22722 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge V2X 2V6

Contact Info

Ranjit Kingra, Program Coordinator

Phone
Office: 604.467.6911 ext. 1159
Cell: 604.340.6903

Email
rkingra@comservice.bc.ca