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What is Victim Offender Mediation (VOM)?
A meeting between a young person who has committed an offence, the victim of the offence and support people for both parties.
Who is it for?

Victims, young person (Offender), families, supporters and the community.
Why is VOM held?
  • The young person will be accountable and able to admit for their offending behavior.
  • To find ways to help repairing the harm that has been caused to victim as well as the relationship.
  • To involve the victim, young person, family members, supporters and the community in making decisions about the ways to repair the harm.
What happens before VOM?

You will be contacted by a mediator to arrange a meeting. At the meeting, the mediator will explain the VOM process, and assist you to go through the mediation.
What happens at VOM?

Everyone will be invited to talk about the crime, and discuss the harm that caused by the young person offending behavior. At the end of the mediation, a mutually acceptable agreement will be made for repairing the harm and relationship. This agreement is signed by the young person, victim, and mediator and witnessed by everyone in the meeting. 

What can mediation do for you?

As a victim you may:
  • Tell your story and discuss your feelings directly with young person.
  • Seek answers to questions and explain how you have been affected by the crime.
  • Receive an apology, restitution or other repairing forms.
  • Help to discourage the young person from offending behavior.
Victims attend VOM on a voluntary basis. If they are not willing to participate, they may send a representative, letter or taped message to express thoughts and feelings instead.
As a young person who has committed a crime you may:
  • Admit the offence and take responsibility for your offending behavior
  • Learn and develop a greater understanding of the consequences of your behavior.
  • Offer an apology and explanation to affected persons.
  • Restore your self-image and self-respect
As a family member you may:
  • Support the victim and / or young person through the process..
  • Help to discourage the young person from offending behavior.
Who attends VOM?
  • An experienced VOM mediator.
  • Victim (if they wish to attend)
  • Victim’s supporter (if they wish to attend)
  • Young person who committed the offence.
  • Young person’s family or supporter.
  • A police officer / a respected member of the school or community.
What might a VOM agreement include?

The young person may:
  • Make a verbal or written apology
  • Act in a way to help the victim to feel safe and secure
  • Replace or pay for damaged or lost property
  • Refer to other support for helping to prevent further offences
  • Agree to do voluntary works or services for the victim or any organization that the victim chooses.
The agreement includes details of the supervisor, who will make sure the young person complies what they have agreed to, and how will that happen.
Methods of Application
  • Direct Application: Victims, offenders and their parents/ guardians.
  • Referrals: Police, schools and Community Organizations are welcome to make referrals.