Victim Offender Conferencing (VOC)

A Five Step Process

Provide victims with the opportunity to share how they experienced the crime, ask questions of the offender(s), and participate in determining appropriate restitution. Provide offenders with the opportunity to demonstrate meaningful accountability for their wrongdoing, apologize to the victim(s), and participate in determining appropriate restitution.Through the use of volunteer mediators, VOC provides community members an opportunity to support victims and offenders in the community who have been hurt by the effects of crime.

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1. Enrollment

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2. Pre-Meeting

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3. Victim-Offender Encounter

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4. Follow-up

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5. Final Report

Enrollment Procedure

The Victim Offender Conferencing process starts with an enrollment procedure. Upon referral, the Director of Case Management will send out a letter explaining the VOC procedure, and informing the participants that further contact will be made. Outcomes of this step are as follows:

  • establish guidelines for discussions
  • establish goals for the conferencing process
  • set times and schedule
  • agree on expectations
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Enrollment Procedure

The Victim Offender Conferencing process starts with an enrollment procedure. Upon referral, the Director of Case Management will send out a letter explaining the VOC procedure, and informing the participants that further contact will be made. Outcomes of this step are as follows:

  • establish guidelines for discussions
  • establish goals for the conferencing process
  • set times and schedule
  • agree on expectations
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Pre-meeting

The Director of Case Management and/or volunteer will meet separately with both the victim(s) and offender(s) to explain the process of a VOC, and to gather facts and feelings from all parties. Additional individual meetings may be required. Following pre-meeting(s), a final determination will be made about whether the case is appropriate for a VOC. The purpose of this is to ensure safety for everyone involved when bringing victims and offenders together.

Victim-Offender Encounter

The Director of Case Management and/or a trained volunteer will facilitate a face-to-face meeting between the victim(s) and offender(s). An outlined procedure is followed, allowing all parties to share their perspective in a safe and controlled environment. A restitution agreement will be reached by full consensus. The agreement will be written up and signed by all participants. If no agreement is reached, the case will be referred back to the court system.

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Victim-Offender Encounter

The Director of Case Management and/or a trained volunteer will facilitate a face-to-face meeting between the victim(s) and offender(s). An outlined procedure is followed, allowing all parties to share their perspective in a safe and controlled environment. A restitution agreement will be reached by full consensus. The agreement will be written up and signed by all participants. If no agreement is reached, the case will be referred back to the court system.

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Follow-up

The Director of Case Management and/or volunteer will contact the victim(s) and offender(s) within a week of the encounter to review how the parties are feeling following the conference. If further conferences are needed, these will be arranged.

Final Report

After all conferences and follow-up meetings have taken place, a report is made to the referring source about the agreement reached at the VOC. The case is then concluded, or recommendations made for continued involvement. The outcomes we may see are as follows:

  • understanding between offender and victim
  • reaching goals
  • forgiveness
  • agreement to change
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Final Report

After all conferences and follow-up meetings have taken place, a report is made to the referring source about the agreement reached at the VOC. The case is then concluded, or recommendations made for continued involvement. The outcomes we may see are as follows:

  • understanding between offender and victim
  • reaching goals
  • forgiveness
  • agreement to change

Victim Offender Conferencing (VOC) is a process that allows victims and offenders to collectively address the harms caused by the crime and to explore needs for the future in the presence of a trained facilitator. Referrals come mostly from the Harvey County Court System, but self-referrals are welcome.

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“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

Nelson Mandela

If there is to be reconciliation, first there must be truth.

Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

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OVM is an interdenominational, church-based agency that emphasizes justice, accountability, caring and reconciliation. Our offices are located in Newton, Kansas and we serve the greater community, including inmates at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF).

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Offender / Victim Ministries (OVM) provides programs that promote individual and social health, by supporting victims, mentoring offenders and educating the community. Community members have found enrichment and feelings of achievement while participating in our programs.

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Our Mission is plain and simple to address the needs of offenders and victims in the community. We have developed and administer programs that work toward bringing restoration, rehabilitation, and reconciliation between offenders and victims. Conflict resolution is the beginning of a journey toward lasting peace.

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