Our philosophy is to bring healing and restoration to victims, offenders and our community.

These are services and programs that HOPE City offers as an alternative to traditional criminal justice processes in collaboration with Shasta County Probation Department. If you have any questions about our Restorative Justice process please call our office.


Community Justice Panels

Serving both Adults & Juvenile's

HOPE City’s Community Justice Panels are modeled after the principles of Restorative Justice. Initiated by HOPE City in collaboration with Shasta County, this program addresses non-­violent and low-­level crimes through community-­based solutions to swiftly redress the harm caused by these offenses outside of the traditional criminal justice system. The purpose of this program is to offer healing and empowerment to victims and community members by giving them a voice to address criminal violations that impact the quality of their lives and life in our city.

These Community Justice Panels are facilitated by our trained volunteers and help bring the offender through the Restorative Justice process. This process helps them to take ownership and responsibility for the harm they have caused. It helps them to address this harm and any reoccurring underlying causes, while also identifying who has been affected by this harm and ways that this harm can be repaired. It is the goal of this process to have the victim of the offense participate if willing and if it is deemed appropriate by the panel. The cases are then closed and sent back to the referring agencies as all agreement in the RJ process have/or have not been met.

 

Batterer's Intervention Program (BIP) (Coming Spring 2017)

Program Philosophy

HOPE City’s BIP intervention philosophy for domestic violence offenders and those they have hurt as a result of their behaviors is as follows:

  1. Our goal is to end family violence in our community by confronting domestic violence as both a criminal and a learned behavior.
  2. We believe domestic violence is a crime and can never be condoned.
  3. The primary focus of HOPE City BIP’s interaction with the batterer must be on stopping the violence – NOT on salvaging the relationship.
  4. We believe that violence is the responsibility of the batterer.
  5. Through exposing falsehoods in our community’s cultural beliefs about gender roles, power and control in relationships, and by highlighting personal responsibility, HOPE City BIP aims to stop the cycles of abuse.  

By educating and challenging the faulty belief systems of abusers in our community these paradigms can be broken down and replaced with positive empowerment tools, a greater sense of self-awareness, and mutual respect and honor in relationships. Introducing new ways of thinking and providing tools to break down denial of past perspectives will improve the overall health of the community. Healthy people are sustained and nurtured in a healthy family environment. While most violent offenders come from abusive or neglectful families of origin, these cycles do not reflect the true destinies of the men and women trapped in these patterns of behavior. HOPE City’s BIP seeks to implement interventions and structured interactions with domestic violence abusers to stop their violent behavior and assist them in making powerful, positive changes in their relationships. Only after a group participant is able to recognize the impact that their violent past has had on their families, themselves, and the community can the process of healing begin. The program includes skill building with group members to improve self-control and self-removal capabilities in stressful situations.

 

Hope City's positions regarding issues of responsibility for and provocation in domestic violence. 

Many abusers believe that they are accountable to no one, especially not to someone who is smaller or weaker than they are.  They also feel a need to control others in order to get their needs met.  Many abusers also feel they have a right and responsibility to punish others when they make mistakes.  While it is often easier to blame destructive behaviors on outside forces beyond the control of the individual, violence is 100% the responsibility of the batterer.  HOPE City’s BIP believes that the power to make positive lifestyle changes resides within a person, and when errors in thinking and defensive mechanisms are addressed, group participants are empowered to take on the full responsibility of the harm they have caused their victim(s). Participants will learn to develop self-control and gain important insight into their internal struggle with anger.  Group participants will begin to value not giving their power away to other people or circumstances and regain control over their own actions.  HOPE City’s BIP maintains a community-centered approach and will seek to train every group participant to accept full responsibility for the decisions they make, and to prioritize self-control and respect as the most important ingredients for all present and future relationships.  Group participants will also work to increase their ability to find satisfying relationships by investing in their own personal development.