Source: (2001) In Restorative justice for juveniles: Conferencing, mediation and circles, ed. Allison Morris and Gabrielle Maxwell, 121-143. With a foreword by DJ Carruthers. Oxford: Hart Publishing.
In this chapter the authors review a number of empirical studies to address the impact of victim offender mediation (VOM) on the victims of crimes perpetrated by juvenile offenders. They begin with a brief history of VOM, a sketch of its scope, and a description of VOM. This leads to the core theme of the chapter â€“ the impact of VOM on victims of crimes committed by young people. Employing information from research studies, they explore key matters, such as the following: the interest crime victims have in meeting offenders; the issue of voluntary participation for victims; preparation of the victim for meeting the offender; the question whether victims are satisfied by the juvenile systemâ€™s response; and the question whether victims are satisfied with VOM. The authors conclude with remarks on victimsâ€™ response to VOM, implications for the practice of VOM, and suggestions for further research in this area.
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