Source: (1989) In: M. Wright and B. Galaway (eds.), Mediation and Criminal Justice: Victims, Offenders and Community. London, UK: Sage Publications, pp. 44-55.

This chapter reviews the development of victim offender mediation (VOM) in Britain from the perspective of the National Association of Victims Support Schemes. Concern was raised that interest in VOM would overshadow the need for independent victims support services and that this would diminish interest in a service designed solely for victims. Research on crime victims' attitudes are reviewed and compared to findings on victims' reactions to crime. Willingness to participate is related to the stage of victim recovery, which is related to the seriousness of the offense, the relationship to the offender, and the length of time since the offense.