Family Violence Initiative

COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND INCREASE SAFETY OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA

ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES

Access to Justice Services

Program Name:

Aboriginal Restorative Justice Program

Organization/Community:

Onashowewin Inc.

Location:

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Website:

www.onashowewin.com

Goals and Objectives:

To establish restorative and holistic approaches for achieving justice that take into account the needs and strengths of the community and to restore, heal and transform relationships in the community, reducing violence and abuse.

Target Group Description:

Everyone.

Program Description:

Brave Path is a customized case plan that is designed to meet the needs of each client. In addition to a case development model, where charges have been laid, processes to resolve conflict and reconcile offenders and victims are established. The Brave Path is the first step in the program. The Community Justice Worker (CJW) determines the workshops and services in which the client will take part. The CJW contacts the victim of each offender and offers them an opportunity to influence the offender's Brave Path. The Brave Path is determined by the type of charge and willingness of the offenders to take responsibility for the harm caused.

Program Successes/Impact:

Gaining respect in the community for the programming we provide. Successfully helping people live a better life.

Key Lessons/Challenges:

Obtaining funding.

Program in operation since:

2002.

Program:

Ongoing.

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