ACT Restorative Justice Unit (RJU)

 
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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION STATEMENT

Introduction
You are invited to take part in a 10-15 minute survey conducted by the ACT Restorative Justice Unit (RJU). This survey is primarily seeking responses from young people aged 16-25 years (inclusive).

Your participation is voluntary and anonymous.

What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice (RJ) is a voluntary opportunity for people affected by a crime – the person harmed and person responsible, and their families and friends – to talk about what happened, how people were affected, and what can be done to make things better.

The process provides the person harmed with an opportunity to communicate how they have been affected by the offence and a chance for them to address any unresolved questions or needs they might have as a result of the offence. It gives the person responsible for the offence an opportunity to accept responsibility for the offence and to repair the harm caused by the offence.

RJ is co-ordinated by a convenor who prepares everyone for RJ and helps everyone to talk to one another. Information can be exchanged face-to-face or through letters or messages. Preparation and planning by the convenor is important to make sure all RJ participants are safe and the victim's needs are supported.

Restorative Justice in the ACT
Currently, the RJU receives referrals for both young and adult offenders, and most minor and serious offences. In 2018, the RJU will be expanding its services to include RJ for family violence and sexual offences.

Why have I been invited to participate? 
We want your opinion on using RJ for family violence and sexual offences to help make sure RJ processes can effectively meet young people’s needs. Your voice is particularly important because young people (aged 16-25 years) are a group that may have different views and needs to the rest of the population, and so RJ should be appropriately tailored to suit them.

Survey procedure and risks
If you decide to participate you will complete a short survey about your thoughts and feelings regarding the use of RJ for victims and offenders in the context of family violence and sexual offences.

Your participation in the survey may raise issues for you. The questions might remind you of experiences that you, or a friend or family member, have gone through. If you become upset, remember that you can stop answering questions and withdraw at any time, without prejudice. The following support services are also available for you to contact:
  • Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC) – Ph: 6247 2525 (7am-11pm 7 days/week). Available for any woman, man or child who has experienced any form of sexual abuse, or who is concerned about sexual abuse impacting someone they know.
  • Nguru – Ph: 6247 2525 (7am-11pm 7 days/week). Provides culturally appropriate counselling for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  • SAMSSA – Ph: 6247 2525 (7am-11pm 7 days/week). Assists male survivors of sexual assault. 
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) – Ph: 6280 0900 (24h service).
  • Lifeline – Ph: 13 11 14 (24h service).
Confidentiality and disclosure of information
All survey results are anonymous. Any information that is obtained in connection with this survey and that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission, except as required by law.
Questions or Complaints 
Questions or complaints may be directed to the RJU using the contact details below.

Your consent

Your decision whether or not to participate will not prejudice your future relations with the RJU. If you decide to participate you are free to withdraw your consent and to discontinue participation at any time without prejudice.

Contact details for the RJU
Address: ACT Restorative Justice Unit, Ground Floor, 12 Moore Street, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6207 3992
Email: restorativejustice@act.gov.au

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