Victim Offender Conferencing
Victim Offender Conferencing (VOC) provides crime victims and their offender(s) an opportunity to sit down together to discuss the crime. Victims are able to ask lingering questions they may have about the incident and make the offender fully aware of the effects their criminal behavior had on their life. The offender has the opportunity to take responsibility for their poor choices and provide a face-to-face apology to the victim.
This is in direct contrast to the traditional justice system; which often insists on no contact between victim and the offender. In some instances, a repair plan is developed and agreed to by both parties. Restorative justice staff or volunteers meet with both the victim and offender before the conference to prepare them and answer any questions they may have. Restorative justice staff members also facilitate the conference ensuring a safe and neutral environment.
Circles conferencing services have also been provided for incidents involving neighborhood disturbances and peer bullying and/or fighting.
To learn more about this program offering, or any program or service offered by the Eau Claire County Restorative Justice Program, please contact us today. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.