Frequently Asked Questions
Victim Offender Mediation/Dialogue (VOMD)
When will the mediation take place?
Every case is unique and the preparation process varies in length for each case. However, the preparation usually lasts between 4 and 6 months from the time a mediator is assigned to the case, and the actual mediation day.
How long before a mediator is assigned to the case?
There is a waiting list of individuals requesting mediation and many variables affect the length of waiting time. Meeting with an offender is a very important step, and the VOMD staff will make every effort to begin each case as soon as possible.
Does the offender have to agree to mediation?
Offender participation in VOMD is voluntary, but many offenders agree to participate. An offender may decline further participation at any time prior to and including the day of the mediation. If the offender chooses not to participate, other options are available in the mediation program.
Is it permissible to write or visit the offender prior to the mediation?
Corresponding/visiting with the offender prior to mediation is highly discouraged during the mediation preparation process, as there is a chance of re-victimization. Any correspondence with the offender prior to or after the mediation is required to go through the VOMD office.
Can a support person come to the mediation session?
This is something that will be discussed with the mediator and the VOMD Program Supervisor. Victims are encouraged to have a support person in a waiting area of the prison during the mediation. Breaks will be taken as often as needed during the meeting.
How can I initiate a case?
Contact our office at (800) 848-4284, and ask to speak to a mediation staff member.