Source: (2000) Newsletter of the European Forum for Victim-Offender Mediation and Restorative Justice 1 (June): 1-2. Downloaded 3 August 2004.

On a theoretical level there has been significant discussion in Sweden about victim-offender mediation (VOM) for two decades. Several efforts were made in Parliament to introduce a government-run pilot scheme, but little came of those efforts. Meanwhile, practitioners began to grasp the idea of VOM and put it into use on their own. Eventually, in the late 1990s the Swedish government gave the National Council for Crime Prevention the task of introducing, supporting, and evaluating an experimental project employing VOM for juvenile offenders. Nehlin describes the origin, operation, and results of this one-year pilot scheme.