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Restorative Justice: Victim Empowerment Through Mediation and Dialogue.

University of Minnesota, Center for Restorative Justice and Mediation
June 4, 2015

Source: St. paul: University of Minnesota. Ctr for Restorative Justice & Mediation

The criminal justice system tends to be offender-driven. As a component of restorative justice, victim-offender mediation is designed to hold offenders accountable and to allow for victim input and involvement. Interviews with victims who have participated in victim-offender mediation are presented in which victims of burglary, home vandalism, and gang intimidation discuss their fears and frustrations. Benefits of victim-offender mediation are noted, including the positive impact on both victims and offenders of face-to-face contact, victim empowerment, greater victim satisfaction with the criminal justice system, reduced fear of revictimization, and an increased sense of fairness.


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