Victim Offender Mediation Association

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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Victim Offender Mediation Association
  • Country: USA
  • City: St Paul
  • Type of organization: Association
  • Date of creation: 1997
  • Interests: Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All types of Disputes

[edit] Description

[edit] Origin and Development

VOMA developed out of an informal network of practitioners, researchers, and theorists in victim-offender mediation and restorative justice in the early 1980s. Originally called the U.S. Association for Victim-Offender Mediation, the organization became VOMA in 1997. There are currently 350 VOMA members (individuals) and 30 agency members, in 40 states and 7 countries. VOMA is an international organization.

Since 1990, the number of victim-offender mediation programs around the world has increased eightfold, to more than 1200. The exponential growth in this field – and its influence on criminal justice systems – has created a pressing need for professional support and continuing education for those who put restorative justice into action. For over 19 years, VOMA has provided leadership in promoting and providing best practices, ethical guidelines, and peer support.

VOMA, an international membership association, supports and assists people and communities working at models of restorative justice.

VOMA provides resources, training, and technical assistance in victim-offender mediation, conferencing, circles, and related restorative justice practices.

[edit] Mission

The mission of Victim Offender Mediation Association is to promote and enhance restorative justice dialogue, principles, and practices. Its mission will be achieved only with a commitment to full diversity and equality of participation for all people. VOMA holds this commitment as central in its work.

[edit] Goals

“It is our understanding and commitment that diversity is embedded in all of our goals and the work we do to achieve them”.

  • Become a global leading information and resource network for Restorative Justice Dialogue practitioners and others.
  • Grow as a leading and diverse membership organization advancing the Restorative Justice field.
  • Expand the understanding and application of Restorative Justice Principles.
  • Enhance the effective practice of Restorative Justice Dialogue.
  • Evolve governance and expand management to further excellence in achievement, accountability, and inclusion.

[edit] Contact

C/o Center for Policy, Planning and Performance, 2233 University Ave W, Suite 300, St Paul, MN 55114 USA.

Phone: 6128740570

Fax: 651 644 4227

Email: voma@voma.org

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