What’s the best way to honour those who are harmed by criminal and/or violent acts? Surely revenge is not the answer, for violence can only beget more violence. Forgiveness alone is not the answer either though – it’s not enough since it doesn’t necessarily involve the offender. Is there a system that can enable victims to feel that justice has been served? Is there a system in addition to incarceration or violent punishment that can enable perpetrators to recognize that their actions caused harm and that they are responsible for their actions? There is, and it’s called, “restorative justice”.
Restorative justice (RJ) is a philosophy and an approach that views crime and conflict as harm done to people and relationships. It is a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing in victims, accountability of offenders, and the involvement of citizens in creating healthier, safer communities. The goal is to reach meaningful, satisfying, and fair outcomes through inclusion, open communication, and truth. Restorative Justice Week will be held in Canada, and throughout the world, from November 19-26, 2017. The theme for the week is Inspiring Innovation. #RJWeek
Discover the many uses of RJ. Explore how RJ can deal with harm in different situations: families, neighbourhoods, schools, workplaces, etc. Think about how RJ values and principles can be applied to every day challenges.
Canada’s Restorative Justice Week is November 19-26 2017
Visit Correctional Service Canada’s website: