Source: (1989) In: M. Wright and B. Galaway (eds.), Mediation and Criminal Justice: Victims, Offenders and Community. London: Sage Publications, pp. 14-26.

This paper describes the beginnings of the victim offender reconciliation movement in Kitchener, Ontario. It began as a case of a vandalism spree by a couple of teenagers in 1974. The results of having the young men meet directly with their victims and agree to restitution became the impetus for the Kitchner Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) with support and encouragement of the Mennonite Central Committee.