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Victim offender mediation in Sweden: an activity falling apart?
Umeå universitet, Institutionen för socialt arbete.
2018 (English)In: Nordic Mediation Research / [ed] Anna Nylund, Kaijus Ervasti, Lin Adrian, Springer , 2018, 1, p. 67-79Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, the government has invested considerable resources to implement victim offender mediation (VOM) for young people (under the age of 21). Despite this, the number of mediations is decreasing. What appears to be a gap between the legislator’s intentions and practical applications raises questions about the reasons for this gap and the premises for mediation in penal matters in Sweden today. Our purpose in this article is to highlight and discuss some circumstances that can explain this decrease and the future of VOM in Sweden. We start by discussing the development of VOM in Sweden and continue by analysing possible reasons for why mediation is declining. The conclusion is that the decrease can be explained by problems related to legal and organisational structures as well as mediation practice. The conclusion is also that if the state and municipalities do not show more interest in VOM and restorative justice, then this activity will probably disappear.

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Springer , 2018, 1. p. 67-79
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-381748DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-73019-6_5ISBN: 978-3-319-73019-6 (electronic)ISBN: 978-3-319-73018-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-381748DiVA, id: diva2:1304546
Available from: 2019-04-12 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-04-12

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