- Indigenous Justice Program
- The Indigenous Justice Program supports Indigenous community-based justice programs that offer culturally relevant alternatives to mainstream justice processes in appropriate circumstances.
- Victims Fund
- The Victims Fund provides grants and contributions to support projects and activities that encourage the development of new approaches, promote access to justice, improve the capacity of service providers, foster the establishment of referral networks, and/or increase awareness of services available to victims of crime and their families. The Fund does not provide criminal injuries compensation for victims of crime.
- Restorative Justice at Correctional Services Canada
- Restorative Opportunities is a Correctional Service of Canada program that offers people who have been harmed by a crime, either directly or indirectly, a chance to communicate with the offender who caused the harm.
- Youth Justice Fund
- The Youth Justice Fund provides grants and contributions to projects that encourage a more effective youth justice system, respond to emerging youth justice issues and enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system.
- Judging Victims: Restorative choices for victims of sexual violence - Jo-Anne Wemmers, Ph.D (2017)
- This article examines the importance of choice for victims of sexual violence. This includes when victims of sexual violence choose restorative justice (RJ) rather than conventional criminal justice.
- A Report on the Relationship between Restorative Justice and Indigenous Legal Traditions in Canada - Prof. Larry Chartrand and Kanatase Horn (2016)
- This report discusses the similarities and differences between restorative justice and Indigenous legal systems. (Available by request: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Re-Thinking Access to Criminal Justice in Canada: a Critical Review of Needs, Responses and Restorative Justice Initiatives - Patricia Hughes and Mary Jane Mossman (2004)
- This paper provides a critical assessment of some current issues about access to justice in Canada, with a special focus on criminal justice. The paper identifies recent trends in the literature about criminal justice in Canada and in related common law jurisdictions and the development of restorative justice processes to augment or replace traditional approaches to criminal justice.
- Victims’ Experiences with, Expectations and Perceptions of Restorative Justice - Jo-Anne Wemmers and Marisa Canuto (2002)
- The topic of restorative justice has become increasingly popular both in Canada and abroad. However, there is some debate as to whether restorative justice programs adequately address victims’ needs. To this end, the present review of the literature on victims’ experiences with, expectations and perceptions of restorative justice was conducted.
- The Effectiveness of Restorative Justice Practices: A Meta-Analysis - Jeff Latimer, Craig Dowden, Danielle Muise (2001)
- Current activity at governmental and community levels suggests that restorative justice, in its many forms, is emerging as an increasingly important element in mainstream criminological practice. Numerous countries have adopted restorative approaches, including Canada, England, Australia, Scotland, New Zealand, Norway, the United States, Japan and several European countries.
- The Effects of Restorative Justice Programming: A Review of the Empirical - Jeff Latimer and Steve Kleinknecht (2000)
- The major goal of this paper is to examine the breadth and depth of existing empirical research. One of the more important issues in restorative justice is understanding the effects of programs on victims, offenders and communities and on the criminal justice system.
Research and Statistics Division
- Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence: An Annotated Bibliography (2019)
- Crime Victims’ Experiences of Restorative Justice: A Listening Project (2019)
- National Justice Survey 2017: Restorative justice
- Victims of Crime Research Digest No. 11 – Restorative Justice: The Experiences of Victims and Survivors
- Victims of Crime Research Digest No. 10 – Judging Victims: Restorative choices for victims of sexual violence
- Youth Engagement project: Restorative justice
- A Report on the Relationship between Restorative Justice and Indigenous Legal Traditions in Canada
United Nations: Office on Drugs and Crime
Federal-Provincial-Territorial Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Justice and Public Safety
- Principles and Guidelines for Restorative Justice Practice in Criminal Matters (2018)
- Restorative Justice – Key Elements of Success
There are numerous articles that provide information about different restorative justice models and experiences and about restorative justice generally. For example:
- Victim Offender Mediation Program
- A victim of crime summarizes her face-to-face interview with the criminal and how she was helped by the experience.
- Restorative justice videos
This video examines restorative justice in the context of a First Nation healing circle.
- One victim’s story
- A victim of child sexual abuse recounts how she came to report the crime as an adult.
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