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NCJ Number: NCJ 176347     Find in a Library
Title: Family Group Conferencing: Implications for Crime Victims
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  Project Director: Mark S. Umbreit Ph.D.
Corporate Author: University of Minnesota
Ctr for Restorative Justice & Mediation
School of Social Work
United States of America
Date Published: 04/2000
Page Count: 19
  Annotation: This report discusses the implications of family group conferencing (FGC) for crime victims, based on the use of family conferencing in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
Abstract: During the past several years, FGC models used in New Zealand and Australia have received considerable attention in the United States and Canada. FGC involves persons most affected by crime--the victim, the offender, and family and friends of both the victim and the offender. In FGC, the facilitator contacts the victim and the offender to explain the process and invite them to the conference. The facilitator also asks the victim and the offender to identify key members of their support systems who will be invited to participate as well. The history of FGC is reviewed, and similarities and differences between FGC and victim-offender mediation are noted. Potential dangers of the FGC model are identified, such as inadequate preparation, victim insensitivity and coercion, feelings of young offenders about being intimidated by adults, lack of neutrality, and inflexibility and assumed cultural neutrality of the FGC process. Guidelines for restorative FGC are offered. 27 references and 1 table
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Mediation ; Victim-offender relationships ; Alternative dispute settlement ; Family intervention programs ; US/foreign comparisons ; Foreign criminal justice systems ; Victim-offender reconciliation ; Victims in foreign countries ; Family conferencing ; Canada ; New Zealand ; Australia ; United States of America
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 96-VF-GX-K006
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Country: United States of America
Language: English
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