The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) would like to offer special thanks to authors Mark S. Umbreit, Ph.D., Director, and Robert B. Coates, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, of the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking (formerly the Center for Restorative Justice & Mediation), School of Social Work, University of Minnesota. We would also like to acknowledge the valuable contributions of review, consultation, and commentary made by Ada Pecos-Melton, President, American Indian Development Associates of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Oliver Williams, Ph.D, Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, University of Minnesota. Also, we would like to acknowledge the valuable contribution made by Robert Schug, Administrative Aide at the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking, who spent many hours preparing the document and responding to numerous requests for draft copies.
This project also benefited greatly from the contributions, guidance,
and support of Susan Laurence, the Project Manager at OVC. This Restorative
Justice and Mediation Collection is the result of the efforts of many
individuals in the field who generously shared their materials and experiences
with the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking so that victims
may be provided additional options in the process of healing.