Welcome to VIRRJA!
VIRRJA is an association of restorative justice programs on Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and all the Gulf Islands.
We work together to promote, support and improve restorative justice programs, and strengthen this vital part of the justice system.
VIRRJA Annual General Meeting ~ Oct 17, 2022
10AM - 12 PM ~ Zoom
Guests present: "Indigenizing & Decolonizing Restorative Justice"
What is Restorative Justice?
Mark Nov 26th on YOUR Calendar!
Don't miss the Free VIRRJA Online Conference taking place this November 26th!
Keep an eye on our Facebook page or check back here for registration and speaker details in the coming weeks.
Questions we ask.....
Restorative justice is a way of thinking
about harm and healing
All of us cause harm and we all experience harm at some point in our lives. In our punitive culture, the solutions offered often rely on the criminal legal system to evaluate and adjudicate harms. Yet many harms are not crimes and many crimes are not necessarily harmful. But we know that harm demands a response.
How might we more readily account for and respond to harms in our communities? Perhaps we can begin by using restorative approaches.
As Howard Zehr has written: “Restorative justice is a process to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.”