repair

the harm.

restore

relationships.

rebuild

trust.

transform

community.

REPAIR

THE HARM.

RESTORE

RELATIONSHIPS.

REBUILD

TRUST.

TRANSFORM

COMMUNITY.

Repair

the harm.

restore

relationships.

rebuild

trust.

transform

community.

overview of ARJAA

Established in the year 2000 by a group of concerned citizens and community leaders, the Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association (ARJAA) was incorporated as a non-profit society in 2001, and now serves as a Community Accountability Program under the B.C. Ministry of Justice.

ARJAA...

  • Is guided by professionals and sustained by volunteers
  • Receives police referrals for children and youth
  • Receives police and Crown referrals for adults
  • Receives police-referred cases of neighbourhood disputes
  • Works in Abbotsford schools

Based on the principles of restorative justice, Abbotsford Restorative Justice holds offenders accountable to their victims and the community and assists them to make appropriate amends and repair the harm done.

As an alternative to the criminal justice system, restorative justice provides support to both victims and offenders, allowing an incident to be resolved directly between the affected parties without going to court. 

ARJAA also works with Abbotsford School District 34, delivering training in conflict resolution for staff, students and their families, and helping schools implement Restorative Action—a restorative justice program specially designed to address bullying and other forms of conflict in schools.
 
Want to become a Society Member?

Step 1) Click here to download our Society Membership Application Form OR click on "Opportunities" in the left hand menu, then click on "Become a Society Member" for more information

Step 2) Return your completed Society Membership form to the ARJAA office with your $15 fee (or if you wish to pay your Society Membership fee online, click on "Donate Now!" in the left hand menu, then click on the "CanadaHelps" button)

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ARJAA FACTS:

  • Is guided by professionals and sustained by volunteers
  • Receives police referrals for children and youth
  • Receives police and Crown referrals for adults
  • Receives police-referred cases of neighbourhood disputes
  • Works in Abbotsford schools

Empathy can Change the World

Restorative Action in schools helps to build empathy in students and reduce conflict and bullying.

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“I have learned to put myself in other peoples shoes and to see what they feel like.”
-Young Offender from a police referred file.