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Victim-Offender Mediation in Domestic Violence Cases – A Research Report.

Pelikan, Christa
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Paper presented at the United Nations Crime Congress, Ancillary Meeting on Implementing Restorative Justice in the International Context. Vienna, Austria, 10-17 April.

In this paper, Pelikan examines the results of empirical research into the issue of victim-offender mediation in domestic violence cases, with emphasis on the situation in Austria. She begins by summarizing the critique of mediation in such cases. After a careful explanation of the nature and method of her research, she analyzes the results of the research. This includes a typology of various effects of victim-offender mediation in domestic violence cases (e.g., victim-offender mediation as a reinforcement of change; or as the beginning of reformation; or as supporting separation). Based on her research, Pelikan concludes with recommendations on victim-offender mediation in such cases.


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