Crime Victims’ Experiences of Restorative Justice: A Listening Project

Appendix A: Agenda for Restorative Justice Listening Session

10:00-10:30 Arrival and Light Breakfast

10:30 – 10:45 – Preliminary schedule for the day, plus introductions by the facilitators, the program professionals, explanation of their roles, and explanation of objectives of the session

10:45 – 11:15 – Participant introductions

11:15-12:45 – Theme 1: Participant experiences with restorative justice processes

  • Describe the nature of the experience you (or victim/survivors you are assisting) have had with RJ. What were your needs or expectations?/What have been the victims’/survivors’ needs or expectations? (e.g. having the harm addressed, being heard) Were these needs met?
  • What aspects have been positive? Negative? Mixed? What factors have created that experience (e.g. preparation, information, opportunity within session, having a dedicated support person(s) in attendance with you, emotional support, style of facilitation, follow-up)?

12:45-1:30 – Lunch break (Lunch provided on site)

1:30-2:45 – Theme 2: Requirements to optimize victim/survivors’ experiences in RJ

  • what you think should be the key elements of a victim-centred RJ process?
  • which of these elements are already in place?
  • which elements still need to be put in place for victim/survivors to be safely, voluntarily, comfortably and meaningfully involved in RJ processes?
  • are there any cases which are not appropriate for an RJ process? (Please think in terms both of actual RJ processes and the relations/communication/structures that exist to connect the victim-serving and RJ communities.)

2:45-3:00 – Coffee break

3:00-3:45 – Theme 3: Reflections and reinforcement

  • Of the ideas you have seen discussed today, what do you feel is the priority action that could make the greatest impact for victim/survivors involved in RJ processes in your jurisdiction?
  • Are there one or two new learnings that you will carry away from this session?
3:45-4:00 – Closing remarks.
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