Restorative Justice in
Abbotsford began in 2001

POLICE REFERRALS OF NEIGHBOURHOOD DISPUTES

As the need arises, the Abbotsford Police Department will refer cases of neighbourhood disputes to ARJAA. Typically, these cases are quite complex, and may involve a long history with numerous issues and concerns that need resolving. Trained facilitators work with the affected families to help restore peace and harmony to their neighbourhood.

Where possible, and after meeting with all the affected parties privately, the ARJAA team will facilitate a face-to-face mediated discussion to help the affected parties communicate their concerns to one another in a respectful setting. An agreement can then be developed.

When a face-to-face meeting is not a desirable option, the ARJAA team will assist the parties to develop a "conciliated agreement." These agreements are created through input provided at private meetings with the concerned parties, and then the ARJAA team will draft an agreement that captures the needs of all those affected by the neighbourhood conflict. Although written by the ARJAA team, everyone participating in the process has a chance to review this agreement to ensure it is balanced and meets everyone's needs.

Agreements become valid when signed by the affected parties, and a copy is given to each participant, as well as to the Abbotsford Police. The ARJAA team provides support before and after the agreement is signed, and remains in contact with the affected parties until the entire process is concluded.

If you have a neighbourhood concern that you feel might be appropriate for this program, please contact the Sergeant of Community Policing at 604-859-5225 or the ARJAA office at 604-864-4844