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Central Virginia Community Justice

What If?

We believed that our community was wise enough to solve our own conflicts?

We actually listened when survivors told us what they need?

We provided a space where everyone could share their whole story?

We helped people listen to one another with empathy?

We gave people responsible for harm the choice to actually make a difference?

We focused on healing and safety, rather than punishment and rules?

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This is taking place, right here, right now, in our community. It’s called Restorative Justice, and it’s happening at CVCJ.

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We envision an equitable and safe Central Virginia where members of our community find growth, healing, and accountability in restorative approaches to conflict and harm.


Central Virginia Community Justice provides a brave space for those involved in harm to lead their own accountability and healing. We facilitate restorative conferences to divert cases away from the criminal system, as well as to repair harms outside of the system. Through dialogue, those impacted by harm have voice and agency to address their needs, and those responsible for harm have the opportunity to take accountability through actions and acknowledgement.

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Our Commitments

We are committed to a community-based, public health, trauma informed, and healing-centered approach by:

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Addressing personal and systemic root causes of harmful behavior

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Reducing overall and racially-disproportionate contact with the criminal system

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Transforming the punitive culture of the agencies, organizations, and communities involved

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