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Housing & Communities

This program focuses on the restoration of good relations in communities and social housing neighbourhoods between young people, adults and the victim.

Our process enables participants to explore issues of accountability, the impact of their behaviours on others, the needs of the victim and offender, as well as their rights and responsibilities as members of the community.

Agreements arising out of this process allow offenders to make amends to victims and address the issues, which may contribute to recidivism.
Crime and anti-social behaviour causes injury to people and communities and a restorative approach insists that justice repairs those injuries and that the parties be permitted to participate in a fair process.
Restorative justice practices, therefore, enable the victim, the offender and affected members of the community to be directly involved in responding to crime and anti-social behaviour. They become central to the criminal and civil justice process, with governmental and legal professionals serving as facilitators of a system that aims at offender accountability, reparation to the victim and full participation by the victim, offender and community.
The restorative process of involving all parties – often in face-to-face meetings – is a powerful way of addressing not only the material and physical injuries caused by crime and anti-social behaviour, but the social, psychological and relational injuries as well.
When a party is not able, or does not want, to participate in such a meeting, other approaches can be taken to achieve the restorative outcome of repairing the harm. In addressing offender accountability these approaches can include restitution, community service and other reparative activities. In addressing victim and offender reintegration they can include ongoing support and assistance.