RESTORATIVE RESOLUTION SERVICES



Restorative Justice Facilitation Services 

In response to a crime, misconduct or wrongdoing that impacts the safety and well-being of a person in your school, workplace or the community, facilitation services are available to convene a meeting involving the person causing harm, the person harmed, their supports and the formal authority involved to address the incident.  


A restorative conference offers a safe, respectful space for people to share their story about what happened, to explore how people and relationships were impacted, and discuss what needs to happen to make things right, such as:  how to repair the harm, promote healing, restore a sense of safety, and move forward.  


A restorative intervention helps to address the underlying reasons for hurtful/harmful behavior in order to build safer, more connected communities. 

Photo:  Community Meeting on how to support Youth Involved in the Criminal Justice System, Fort McMurray, 2019

REFERRAL CRITERIA CONSIDERATIONS


Is there is a specific incident to focus on?  Is there is an identifiable victim or community impact?

 Examples include:

  1. Harassment or threats to another person
  2. Violence or threat of violence
  3. Physical harm (to a person or to a property)
  4. Disruption of someone’s social network, significant social repercussions; such as causing enough fear or humiliation where a victim becomes isolated and their daily life is impacted

Are there secondary parties affected who are not directly involved in the incident that need support?  Examples include:

  1. An incident is disruptive enough to jeopardize productivity, learning, and relationships
  2. Friends or family, out of loyalty, escalate the conflict that led to the harmful incident
  3. An individual will be returning to the (workplace, school, family, community, group home, foster home) after being gone for some time, and simmering conflict might erupt again
  4.  An incident causes an individual to worry about how safe the community is, even if their own kin or other associates have not been harmed

Does the person responsible acknowledge their role for the harm caused?

  1. If charges have not been laid (but could be), the individual can accept responsibility without conceding legal guilt (use of Police Discretion)
  2. If criminal charges have been laid, a guilty plea must be entered. If the person charged is maintaining innocence altogether, a court trial is the appropriate route
  3. In a non-criminal context, will this enhance your agency or school disciplinary measures?

Does the person impacted (victim) believe a restorative justice meeting will meet their needs?  If not, are there other ways they would like to exercise their voice?


Is this a general conflict?  If the incident reflects a larger conflict, which is often the case when parties involved are friends, neighbors, or relatives, would they be interested in addressing  the breakdown in the relationship?