What is the Restorative Response Program?
The Restorative Response Program (RRP) is a relationship-driven approach to harm stemming from crime or conflict. By centring the needs and impacts of those who have been harmed, we invite accountability for those responsible, fostering meaningful repair and healing to prevent future harms.
RRP is based on the principles of restorative justice and is an alternative process to criminal and civil court models. We work with both youth and adults. The majority of files referred to us are at a pre-charge level, meaning that if we accept a file, it is an alternative to charges being pursued. These referrals come from police or RCMP.
We also accept community referrals from agencies such as schools, municipalities, and non-profit groups. These referrals involve situations where conflict or harm has occurred and everyone involved is searching for solutions that promote repair, learning, and understanding. Learn more about community referrals here.
The RRP program has been around since 1997 and our trained facilitators and volunteers have successfully worked on situations of harm ranging from shoplifting and acts of mischief to acts of violence, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence.
Restorative justice has roots in Indigenous justice/teachings, faith communities, the prison abolition movement, and alternative dispute resolution.