​Can mediation be therapeutic for crime victims? An evaluation of victims’ experience in mediation with young offenders

Author(s) Wemmers, Jo-Anne and Katie Cyr
Title Can mediation be therapeutic for crime victims? An evaluation of victims' experience in mediation with young offenders
Source Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice; July 2005; Vol 47; No 3; p527-544
Date 2005
Document type Journal article
CoverageCanada
Summary This study explores the relationship between victim-offender mediation and victim recovery. For the study 59 crime victims, who had been invited to participate in a victim-offender mediation program for young offenders in Quebec, engaged with the researchers in a telephone interview. One of the areas explored was the victims' feelings of safety before and during the meeting with the offender and it was found that the majority felt safe before the meeting and all felt safe during the meeting. The majority of victims felt that participating in the program had helped them put the event behind them. Victims were asked what benefits they obtained from the meeting with the offender and most said they had benefited psychologically. It was also found that there was significant correlation between fairness judgments and feeling better after the meeting. It is recommended that future research is conducted with a larger, more diverse sample.
Keywords Mediation; therapeutic; benefits; conferences; restorative justice; safety
Topic Restorative justice