What criteria must be met?
The offender must have confessed.
Both offender and victim must have agreed to participate.
Persons under the age of 18 must have parental consent.
How are the parties referred to Victim-Offender Mediation?
The parties are asked by the police whether they are interested in learning about Victim-Offender Mediation. If the response is positive, a mediator will contact both parties and explain the concept. Consequently, each party will decide whether to participate in the programme. Other parties may also suggest participation in the programme, for example the parties themselves, parents, social services, and schools.
How does Victim-Offender Mediation work in practice?
When both parties have agreed to meet each other, the Mediator will arrange time and place of the meeting.
It will be held on a neutral location, perhaps at a library, in a community house, or some other suitable place. In his capacity of moderator, the mediator will make sure that both parties are heard, that they talk about the incident and how they should view the future.
The parties can enter mutual agreements, but the dialogue may also be sufficient