John Howard Society of Peterborough

Site: Peterborough - Hunter St W

Service: Youth Diversion, Restorative Justice Conferencing, Youth Justice Committee

Description (Service) Youth Diversion works with police, courts, the community and schools to keep young people with minor offenses out of the court system. Goal is for the young person to repair the harm done and be held accountable for the offense. 
Restorative Justice/Youth Justice Committee offers an alternative way of thinking about crime and conflict. Challenges the community to look at youth justice differently, to respond to crime differently and to seek new solutions to restore balance after a crime has been committed. 
  • restorative justice focuses on holding the accused accountable in a meaningful way, repairing the harm caused by the offence and achieving a sense of healing for both the victim and the community 
  • involves a face-to-face meeting between the victim, the accused and members of the community, led by trained volunteer facilitators  
  • meeting helps the parties develop an understanding of the crime and each other, and of the steps needed to make amends 
  • in most cases participation in the program diverts youth from going through the Criminal Justice System
People interested in volunteering should contact Reception
Service Details
Hours COVID19 Virtual appointments being scheduled. In person can be scheduled as needed. 
Office: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm, evening appointments scheduled as needed
Areas Served Peterborough (County of)
Eligibility Ages: 12 year(s) - 17 year(s)
Application Referrals are made by police services and Crown Attorney's offices
Languages English
Fees None
Address and Location
Located In Community Peterborough
Address & Map
70 Hunter St
Peterborough, ON K9H 2K4
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Intersection Hunter St and Sheridan St
Physical Access Partially Accessible - main floor is fully accessible, ramp and automatic door at main entrance
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-743-8331
Fax 705-743-8340
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Primary Contact Dana Hetherton, Manager of Justice Services
Alternate Contact Justin Thain, Youth Justice, Diversion Coordinator; Phone: 705-927-1511 * 705-743-8331 ext 208
Primary Executive Kathy Neill, Executive Director; Email:

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