Juvenile Victim Offender

Victim/Offender Mediation (VOM) is a different way of perceiving and approaching crime and punishment. It is a process in which a victim of a criminal act and the juvenile offender can voluntarily meet with each other with the assistance of trained mediators. The purpose of this process is to provide a safe environment in which:

  • the victim and the offender can communicate directly about how the crime has affected them;
  • the victim can ask questions of the offender;
  • emotions can be expressed and acknowledged; and
  • restitution can be negotiated between the victim and the offender.

Often, family members and/or community members of both the victim and the offender are present during the VOM session. As a result, the process not only benefits victims and offenders, but can have a positive impact on families and communities.

Cases are usually referred by County Judges, County Attorneys, Diversion or office of Juvenile Services.

Safeguards

  • the offender has admitted responsibility for the action
  • the offender has agreed to participate before the victim is contacted by Mediation West
  • separate, private meetings are conducted with both the offender and the victim before a joint mediation session.

Types of offenses mediated:

  • vandalism
  • shoplifting
  • property damage
  • assault
  • theft

Serving these counties:

Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan and Sioux

Member of
Member of the Nebraska Mediation Association

Mediation West
210 W. 27th St.
PO Box 427
Scottsbluff, NE 69363-0427
800-967-2115 or 308-635-2002