quinta-feira, junho 16, 2005


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“Following a crime, a victim often feels vulnerable and powerless.

Added to that is the victim’s experiences with the criminal or juvenile justice system, which focuses on the offender.

The victim is excluded from the process, rarely being offered an opportunity to tell his or her experiences, define the resulting harm, or express needs. It is not surprising that in the wake of a crime, a victim often expresses a lack of control in his or her life that can intensify fears and anxieties.

The presence of choices and options for the victim in the mediation process can contribute to a sense of power.

Empowerment is conducive to healing, the ability to move beyond difficult and painful experiences or integrate them into one’s life.

The mediator provides information and support for the victim engaged in decisionmaking but is careful not to apply pressure or impose expectations on the victim.

The victim must be given sufficient time to make decisions, without the pressure of arbitrary time constraints.”

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