WEBSITES FOR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

VICTIMS OF CRIME ACT

Sets out the rights of victims, including to:

  • Be treated fairly and with respect by all workers in the criminal justice system;

  • Receive information about:

    • Victim services available

    • Benefits

    • Financial assistance for criminal injury

    • How the criminal justice system works

    • Right to privacy

CANADIAN VICTIM BILL OF RIGHTS

Provides victims with the rights to information, protection, participation, and restitution:

  • The “right to information” provision entitles victims to request and receive information about the criminal justice system, services and programs available to them (e.g., restorative justice programs). 

  • The “right to protection” provides victims with the right to security, privacy, and protection measures

  • The “right to participate” provides victims the right to present victim impact statements and have them considered in court proceedings. 

  • The “right to restitution” allows victims to have the court consider making a restitution order.

  • The bill defines a victim as “an individual who has suffered physical or emotional harm, property damage, or economic loss as the result of the commission of an offence.”

CENTRE FOR JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION 

SOUTHERN GULF ISLANDS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROGRAM

VANCOUVER ISLAND REGION RESTORATIVE JUSTICE ASSOCIATION

VIRRJA is an association of restorative justice programs on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and all the Gulf Islands. They work together to promote, support and improve restorative justice programs, and strengthen this vital part of the justice system.