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On the efficacy of victim-offender mediation in cases of partnership violence in Austria, or: Men don’t get better, but women get stronger: Is it still true? Outcomes of an empirical study.

Pelikan, Christa
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) European Journal of Criminal Policy Research. 16(1):49-67.

Put in a nutshell, the core finding of this study reads thus: The efficacy of VOM in cases
partnership violence is to a large part due to the empowerment of the women victims, but partly,
albeit to a smaller percentage, also due to an inner change, to insight and following from that a
change of behaviour on the side of the male perpetrators. These achievements cannot be
understood except as part of a comprehensive societal change – a change of collective
mentalities, or in other words: change of expectations1 regarding the use of violence in
intimate partnerships. (excerpt)


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