Source: (2003) Newsletter of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice. 4 (1): 5-6. Downloaded 11 September 2003.The Department for Civil Affairs in Norway’s Ministry of Justice has initiated a three-year project offering mediation, as a supplement to punishment, to the parties involved in cases of severe violence. The project deals with many kinds of cases of severe violence except for cases of domestic violence. Gerd Fadnes, head of the project, describes the historical background, development, and scope of this small-scale, local pilot program. Fadnes also reflects on lessons learned from the early work of the project about what has worked well and what needs improvement in practice or adjustment of expectations.