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
- 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%.