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NCJ Number: 126973 Find in a Library
Title: Victim-Offender Mediation With Violent Offenders: Implications for Modification of the VORP (Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program) Model (From The Victimology Handbook: Research Findings, Treatment, and Public Policy, P 337-351, 1990, Emilio Viano, ed. -- See NCJ-126951)
Author(s): M S Umbreit
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
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Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the basic theory of victim-offender mediation and reconciliation in the context of its possible relevance to mediating violent victim-offender conflict.
Abstract: Initially begun in Kitchner, Ontario, in the mid-1970's and then introduced in the United States in 1978, Victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs (VORP's) are now operating or being developed in approximately 100 U.S. communities. In VORP's offenders and victims are brought face-to-face with a trained mediator to express feelings, answer questions, and negotiate restitution. VORP was designed for use with nonviolent property crimes involving a restitution obligation. The findings reported in this paper, however, indicate the VORP model is equally if not more appropriate for selected violent crimes. Drawing on a fundamental element of the model, that of promoting reconciliation and healing within a context of viewing crime as relational, consideration should be given to modifying the VORP model to encompass some victims and offenders involved in violent crime. This initiative should include appropriate training for the mediators who will be involved. 14-item bibliography
Main Term(s): Victim-offender reconciliation; Violent crimes
Index Term(s): Mediation
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