Victim offender mediation and restorative justice in Europe – a short overview

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Vol: 7, Issue: 6

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Trenczek, Thomas
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Extract: Victim offender mediation (VOM) is a process which is offered to the parties of a dispute arising from the commission of a crime to so that they can talk about and deal with the offending behaviour. With the assistance of a neutral third party (the mediator) the parties identify the disputed issues, develop options, consider alternatives and endeavour to reach an agreement, which often involves restitution. The mediator has no advisory or determinative role in the dispute or the outcome of its resolution. VOM is not a completely new or unique process. It finds its roots in the way many indigenous cultures traditionally dealt with deviant, disruptive or victimising behaviour within their communities.