Victim-Offender Mediation: Observations from Scandinavia

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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10900/95221
http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-dspace-952219
http://dx.doi.org/10.15496/publikation-36604
Dokumentart: Aufsatz
Date: 2011
Source: Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 1-2, 2011
Language: English
Faculty: Kriminologisches Repository
Department: Kriminologie
DDC Classifikation: 360 - Social problems and services; associations
Keywords: Täter-Opfer-Ausgleich , Skandinavien
Other Keywords:
Mediation
Scandinavia
conflict
violent crimes
accounts
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Abstract:

The focus of this article is the discourse between parties and mediator(s) in Victim-Offender Mediation in Scandinavia. The analysis show that mediation talk is concentrated on what happened in the actual crime situation, and what the parties and other persons present at the time did or did not do. Different “accounts” are used actively by the parties, to excuse or justify their behaviour. The explanations for crime are thus primarily found on an individual level, leaving societal issues out. A normative and evaluative inquiry of crimes and why crimes occur plays a minimal (if any) role in VOM in Scandinavia.

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