The VOCs Mission
Providing services to crime victims, juvenile offenders, and communities by addressing the harm done due to criminal behavior in an appropriate manner.
*This approach has been shown to both increase victim satisfaction and reduce juvenile delinquency and recidivism*
What is a Victim Offender Conference (VOC)?
- Evidence-based program that addresses juvenile crime through mediated dialogue.
- Conference is held between victims and juvenile offenders.
- In a victim-offender conference the victims of crime and the juvenile offender talk meaningfully in a safe environment about:
- What happened?
- How people have been affected?
- What could be done to make things better?
When Does a VOC Occur?
A victim-offender conference will only take place if:
- The offender accepts responsibility for the harm
- Both the victim and the offender agree to participate
What is the VOC Committed to?
- Reviewing each case carefully with both victims and offenders to make sure a VOC will meet their needs
- Helping each participant to decide their own solutions for addressing the harm done
- Making sure safety and comfort of clients is a priority
- Maintaining VOC as a voluntary process
- Providing quality and ongoing training and evaluation to facilitators in order to ensure quality service delivery
Please download our VOC Brochure for more information.