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NCJ Number: 148710 Find in a Library
Title: Victim-Offender Mediation Program (VOMP)(From National Conference on Juvenile Justice, P 425-436, 1993, Lynn Atkinson and Sally-Anne Gerull, eds. -- See NCJ-148673)
Author(s): E Kadar
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper profiles Victoria's (Australia) Victim- Offender Mediation Program (VOMP), which is a demonstration program that diverts admitted juvenile offenders to mediation with their victims.
Abstract: The program targets youth between 10 and 17 years old who have received at least one police caution and face the prospect of being charged. To be selected for the program, a juvenile must admit the offense, and there must be sufficient admissible evidence to establish the offense. The juvenile offender must consent to participate in the program. Victims must also consent to participation in mediation. The victims who consent have the option of face- to-face mediation with the offender or negotiated mediation through the mediator. Victims and offenders can bring a friend or family member to the mediation session. At the mediation session, which is conducted in an informal setting, the two mediators explain their role, the purpose of the session, and the role of the support people. There is then discussion and sharing of facts and feelings about the offense by the victim and then the offender. The second part of the session may focus on a discussion of losses and any agreement reached between the parties that may involve some form of restitution. Mediation outcomes can be an apology by the offender to the victim, the return of stolen property, the repairing of damage caused by the offense, a small monetary payment, or minor chores for the victim that are time-limited. The pilot program has been operating in Frankston for 7 weeks and for 1 week at the Geelong Dispute Settlement Centre. There have been five referrals to date, four of which have not completed the mediation process. The evaluation will address process and outcome, focusing on such issues as net-widening, the voluntariness of the program, proportionality to court dispositions, victim/offender satisfaction with the program, and attitude change. The authors recommend that, in conjunction with victim-offender mediation/reconciliation programs, there must also be adequate support systems for crime victims and young offenders. 8 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile diversion programs; Juvenile restitution; Mediation; Police juvenile diversion; Victim-offender reconciliation; Victims of Crime; Victoria
Note: From proceedings of the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide, Australia, September 22-24, 1992.
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