April 22, 2016: This Victoria News article features two of our clients as well as general information about our program.
November 4, 2015: This Times Colonist article mentions that the Victoria Police Department is seeking additional funding for RJV from municipal councillors (“$23,000 to assist the continuation of a proven restorative-justice program”).
July 14, 2015: This Oak Bay News article outlines our need for increased funding.
June 4, 2015: This radio interview features RJV’s executive director Gillian Lindquist speaking with Janine Bandcroft on the show “Winds of Change” about a man who stole from Janine’s bicycle and her request for restorative justice being denied because of the man’s lengthy criminal history. The full interview is available here (begins at 37:49).
April 21, 2015: This CFAX 1070 interview with Pamela McCall, Gillian Lindquist, and a caseworker describes Restorative Justice Victoria and the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. The full interview is available here (begins at 38:27) and the transcript is available here.
January 12, 2015: This Times Colonist article provides an update for Dennis (a prolific offender), the four people he victimized, and the restorative justice dialogue they did after Dennis plead guilty in court. Together, the group created an agreement for Dennis to complete in order to restore some of the harm he had caused and address the contributing factors to his crimes. This article outlines the restorative justice process and Dennis’ sentencing hearing.
April 8, 2014: In this Times Colonist article, we discuss a case in which a Commissionaire was in the process of writing up a parking ticket when the owner of the car began to berate him, then threw a traffic cone at him and left. He was later arrested and charged with assault. In a face-to-face meeting through Restorative Justice Victoria, the man and Commissionaire discussed what happened, who it affected, and how to address the harm done and causal factors of the crime.
April 7, 2014: This Times Colonist article outlines two stories that “follow a similar arc in the way the victims found healing and closure within restorative justice programs, an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system that often leaves victims sitting on the sidelines.”
February 24, 2011: Restorative Justice Victoria held a presentation in February, 2011, that focused on strategies for empowering youth to explore healthy choices. The presentation recognized that youth face unique circumstances and focused on the idea of applying restorative justice at home. Instead of applying punitive-like measures to resolve disputes at home, we encourage dialogue, understanding, and healing in conflict resolution within families.