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Crime victims are given a voice and offenders are held accountable in Victim Offender Conferences. Written by a long-time practitioner of this effective sentencing tool.

Victim offender dialogues have been developed as a way to hold offenders accountable to the person they have harmed and to give victims a voice about how to put things right. It is a way of acknowledging the importance of the relationship, of the connection which crime ...

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Overview


Crime victims are given a voice and offenders are held accountable in Victim Offender Conferences. Written by a long-time practitioner of this effective sentencing tool.

Victim offender dialogues have been developed as a way to hold offenders accountable to the person they have harmed and to give victims a voice about how to put things right. It is a way of acknowledging the importance of the relationship, of the connection which crime creates. Granted, the relationship is a negative one, but there is a relationship.

Amstutz has been a practitioner and a teacher in the field for more than 20 years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561485864
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/25/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 89
  • Sales rank: 1,065,199
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz is Director of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Office on Crime and Justice. In this capacity, she provides consulting and training for agencies and communities seeking to implement programs of restorative justice which specifically include a Victim Offender Mediation/Conferencing component. Lorraine has provided technical assistance and consulting for numerous programs throughout the United States. She has worked in the victim offender field since 1984 when she began working in Elkhart, Indiana, the site of the first Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) in the United States.

Lorraine has co-authored the Victim Offender Conferencing in PA’s Juvenile Justice System curriculum, a manual focusing on the application of VOM/C within Pennsylvania, as well as numerous articles. She has served on the international Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA) Board and currently serves on the Board of the local victim offender program in Lancaster County, PA.

Lorraine received her B.S. in Social Work from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA (where she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for 2002), and her Master’s in Social Work from Marywood University, Scranton, PA.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 3

Introduction 5

1 What is VOC? 9

2 Motives for Participating in a VOC Process 23

3 Steps in the VOC Process 29

4 Issues in Designing a VOC Program 34

5 VOC and Crimes of Severe Violence 51

6 VOC and the Larger Restorative Justice Field 61

7 Benefits and Risks of a VOC Process 66

8 Critical Issues in VOC 76

Conclusion: Moving Beyond Crime 82

Recommended Reading 84

Endnotes 85

About the Author 89

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