Services to Affectied Parties and Victims

Services to Affected Parties
We are committed to supporting those who have been victimized. The direct victims of a crime, family members and friends of victims and offenders, and others affected by wrongdoing are an important part of the any restorative justice effort.  They can provide valuable information about the impact and can set the standard for ways in which the offender can take responsibility of the harm done.  Regardless, these people are not obliged to participate in anyway.
Those who have been victimized, regardless of the nature of the crime and whether or not the issue is being adjudicated, are invited to contact the Justice Program.  Through referrals, we may be able to obtain needed services but will always be willing to listen.
Participation if the Direct Referral or Reparative Probation Programs:
If those victimized are considering being involved in either direct referral or Reparative Probation cases, the following information is designed to help you make a decision about how you want to participate.   You can choose to participate in this process that holds offenders accountable.  Let us know if there are others ways we can help you deal with the aftermath of harm done to you.
Restorative Panels meet with those sentenced to Reparative Probation and Direct Referrals Alternatives from the police.  The panel of trained volunteers discusses the impact of the crime and ways in which those responsible can make fair and reasonable amends.
We are here to support a resolution that works for you.  Let us know what you need.
If you choose a restorative meeting,
  You will meet with community members who share your concerns.
  You can tell the offender and the Restorative Panel members about the impact of the crime on you and those you know.
  You can get more information from the offender about the crime.
  You can ask the offender to make amends for the harm by requesting specific activities for the agreement.
  You can be kept informed about the offender’s progress.

Possible Benefits:
• Ability to meet the offender in a safe atmosphere.
• Get information from the offender about the crime.
• Hear offender say that he understands the harm he caused you.
• Receive an apology from the offender.
• See the offender as a person you don't have to fear.
• An agreement which includes your needs in wishes.
• Panel members who acknowledge the harm and its impact on you.

Possible Risks:
• The reparative process may not meet all of the needs you have after this crime.
• You may feel the offender is “getting off too easy.”
• You may want to punish the offender, which is not one of the things the reparative process does.
• The offender may not be remorseful.
• The offender may not understand or acknowledge the harm he caused you.
• The offender may not show up at all for the panel meeting.
• The offender may not fulfill the agreement everyone has put together.
• Panel members may not fully understand/acknowledge the harm done to you.

  Participate in panel meetings with the offender present.
  Attend a meeting with the offender present, but not participate.
  Bring a support person to any meeting you choose.
  Not to attend any panel meetings, but send in a completed questionnaire.
  Write a letter to the panel before the meeting explaining the impact of the crime.
  Send a surrogate in your place to the panel meeting.
  Make an audio tape to be shared at the panel meeting.
  Have staff/volunteer share your comments with the panel and the offender.
  Participate in a conference between you, the offender, and the facilitator outside of the panel meeting.
  Be kept informed on the progress of the case.
  Decide not to participate in anyway.