Source: (1998) In, Beata Czarnecka-Dzialuk and Dobroncha Wojcik, eds., Juvenile Offender-Victim Mediation. Warszawa: Oficyna Naukowa. Pp. 75-94.

As Martin Wright points out, the first formal program for victim-offender mediation – in Canada – was called a victim-offender reconciliation program (VORP). The idea was that a victim would be more likely to experience greater satisfaction from a meeting and discussion with the offender rather than from material compensation alone. Out of the ensuing dialogues about this – some critical and some affirmative – the theory of restorative justice has emerged. Amidst this background, Wright looks at victim-offender mediation in the United Kingdom. He surveys legislation relevant to restorative justice and mediation in Britain, criminal procedure in Britain and mediation, the practice of mediation, mediation and criminal justice, methods of victim-offender communication, and important points to consider about mediation.