IF YOUR ANSWER IS "YES" TO THESE QUESTIONS, THEN HERE IS HOW THE PROGRAM CAN ASSIST YOU
HOW DO I GET REFERRED TO THE PROGRAM?
Call the CJP Caseworkers directly or ask to be connected with the Program through the Victim Witness Assistance Program, the Investigating Officer or the Crown Attorney associated with your case. Remember that participation is voluntary for both you and the offender. The process only proceeds when both parties choose to participate.
DO I HAVE TO MEET THE OFFENDER?
No. A victim/offender meeting is held only when the parties wish to meet face to face. If people choose not to meet with each other, there are other options we can provide for communication between the parties, for example, verbal exchange through the caseworker, letter writing, and videotaped interviews.
IS THERE AN EXPECTATION THAT I WILL FORGIVE THE OFFENDER?
No. Although forgiveness is beautiful when it happens, we feel strongly that forgiveness is part of an individual's life journey and should not be demanded or expected from any participant.
WILL MY PARTICIPATION AFFECT THE OFFENDER'S SENTENCE?
Sentencing remains the role and responsibility of the Judge. If you and the offender develop a Resolution Agreement, it can be submitted to the court for consideration at the time of sentencing. Generally, Judges appreciate when an accused person accepts responsibility, addresses the causes of their behaviour and does their best to repair the harm that was done.