Source: (2006) Vancouver, BC: British Columbia Association for Community Living.

Restorative justice is a philosophy that looks upon crime as a violation of people and relationships rather than the breaking of laws. It recognizes that harms create obligations on the part of the person who harmed to put things right and that people who are most affected by the crime are the key stakeholders in making sure that harms are repaired and that balance and harmony is restored in the community. Community Living, on the other hand, believes that people with developmental disabilities have the right to live in community and have the appropriate supports to enable then to participate and be fully included in schools, workplaces, recreation, and community life. It also realizes that community members play a critical role in an individual’s life in order for true inclusion to be achieved. When one or more of the parties involved in a restorative process is a person with a developmental disability, it is very important that that person is well supported to help him or her express his or her thoughts and feelings as well as understand what is being said. (excerpt)

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