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Boundaries in Victim-offender Mediation: Reflections on Mediation in Certain Cases and Crimes.

Delvigne, Alice
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) Paper presented at “The Next Step: Building Restorative Communities”, IIRP 7th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, 9-11 November, Manchester, England, UK. Downloaded 9 December 2005.

Often, we as mediators, have to defend ourselves and the mediation. Critical voices shout that
it’s impossible to mediate with certain persons, in certain crimes, etc. As mediators, we also
notice sometimes difficulties and limitations in our practice. In order to summarize possible
difficulties, many examples passed in mind.
We will first sum up some difficulties and ask the question if indeed there are cases, persons
or crimes, where mediation is impossible. Then we will search for some boundaries and ask
the question if mediation, despite of the possible difficulties, might be the best way to react. (excerpt)


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