*We are currently at capacity for caseworkers; let us know if you’d like to be on our email list to hear about future opportunities*
Organizational overview: RJV facilitates many kinds of restorative justice processes, including restorative justice dialogues, community accountability dialogues, victim-offender mediation and peace-making circles. Cases are referred to us by Victoria and Oak Bay Police, Crown Counsel, other social service agencies, schools, ICBC, and individuals (self-referrals), and range from pre-charge diversion files to post-conviction and post-sentencing RJ meetings.
All restorative justice processes are facilitated by trained volunteer caseworkers. This volunteer position requires maturity, insight, respect and the ability to be assertive when necessary.
How it works: Once a case passes the pre-screening stage by an RJV staff member, an email is sent out to all the caseworkers asking if they are able to take on one of four roles required for each case: two facilitators, a mentor and a community member.
The facilitators are the leaders of the entire case. This position entails meeting individually with the victim, the offender, both their supporters, and any community members participating to describe the process and ensure the case is still appropriate to go through restorative justice. At the restorative justice/community accountability dialogue, the facilitators lead the meeting and ensure the space meeting remains safe, respectful, and beneficial for everyone.
The mentor’s role is to support the offender in taking accountability before, during, and after the restorative justice/community accountability dialogue, and connecting them with relevant resources in the community. This role requires at least one in-person meeting with the offender before the dialogue, as well as keeping in touch with the offender on a regular basis after the dialogue and supporting him/her in accomplishing each of the agreement terms. We also offer mentors for victims, who provide emotional and practical support throughout the RJ process.
Community members serve multiple purposes at the restorative justice dialogue. These roles are filled by RJV caseworkers as well as people from the actual communities where the offense took place. Their primary job is to encourage the offender to understand the impact of his/her actions on the community at large. Community members also contribute to the agreement.
Facilitators and mentors are required to go through our training (approx. six weeks for mentors, and eight weeks for facilitators) and get a police information check.
Being a caseworker is very rewarding, and can also be very demanding. Every case is different, but the average number of hours for each case is 10-15 for the facilitators, 10 for the mentor, and 4 for the community members. We require our caseworkers to offer to be on a minimum of six cases per year.
For more information or to get on our email list for future opportunities: please email Shanna Grant-Warmald, RJV’s Program and Volunteer Manager, at Shanna @RJVictoria.com.