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Victim-Offender Mediation: Observations from Scandinavia

15 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2011  

Mari-Louise Pabsdorff

Independent

Lise-Lotte Rytterbro

Stockholm University

Saija Sambou

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Erika Uotila

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 9, 2010

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.

Keywords: Mediation, Scandinavia, Conflict, Violent Crimes, Accounts

Suggested Citation

Pabsdorff, Mari-Louise and Rytterbro, Lise-Lotte and Sambou, Saija and Uotila, Erika, Victim-Offender Mediation: Observations from Scandinavia (June 9, 2010). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1737385

Mari-Louise Pabsdorff (Contact Author)

Independent

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Lise-Lotte Rytterbro

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Saija Sambou

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Erika Uotila

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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