Restorative Justice in
Abbotsford began in 2001


Benefits for the victim

  • Having a voice in more meaningful accountability for the person responsible
  • Having a chance to be heard and understood
  • Being able to express the impact of the crime, and the losses and harms sustained
  • To ask questions and to receive information that can assist in closure and healing

Benefits for the responsible party

  • The difficult, but important act of taking direct, personal responsibility for the offence
  • The opportunity to experience, express and demonstrate genuine remorse
  • The opportunity to make amends and provide restitution in a timely way
  • The opportunity to learn from their experience
  • The opportunity to put the offence behind them and move on with their lives through making meaningful amends.

Restorative Justice is…

  • Timely (much quicker than a court process)
  • Proportionate and fair to both harmed party and person responsible
  • Based on accountability and repairing harm
  • Based on the voluntary participation of harmed party and responsible party (non-coercive)
  • Works toward resolutions that include a specific restitution plan with follow-through
  • An intervention that has a high success rate in reducing recidivism (re-offending), because of the impact of having to face the victim and take responsibility