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Restorative Justice

Restorative justice recognizes that a crime is both a violation of relationships between specific people and an offence against the whole community. Restorative justice programs involve the voluntary participation of the victim of the crime, the offender and members of the community, in discussions.

The goal is to “restore” the relationship, fix the damage that has been done and prevent further crimes from occurring. Restorative justice programs will not replace other criminal justice responses to the crime.

All restorative justice programs have some common elements. They seek healing, forgiveness and active community involvement. The programs can take place at different times after a crime has occurred — sometimes after charges have been laid, sometimes after an accused has been found guilty of an offence. Some examples of restorative justice programs include:

  • mediation between victim and offender
  • family group conferencing
  • sentencing circles.

A victim’s participation is voluntary. If restorative justice is an option in the case you are involved in, you should talk to a Victim Service Worker or Crown counsel about what this could mean for you.

For More Information Try

Correction Service Canada’s Restorative Justice Portal

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