Victim-Offender Mediation and Reconciliation Services
The Center specializes in providing victim-offender mediation and reconciliation services in cases of severely violent crimes, including homicides. (The vast majority of VORPs/VOMPs mediate only non-violent offenses, usually juvenile offenses.)
Director, Marty Price, J.D., is currently (to the best of our knowledge) the only victim-offender mediator in the United States who has done focused work with a number of drunk driving fatality cases, developing unique, intensive protocols for working with these cases.
Services are provided at the request of crime victims and victims' advocates, and by referral from court systems, governmental and non-profit organizations. The vast majority of victim-offender mediation cases (in crimes of severe violence) are initiated at the request of the crime victims. To protect victims from unwanted or possibly harmful contact from offenders, most victim-offender mediation programs provide mediation in crimes of severe violence only at the request and initiation of the victim. The Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) Information and Resource Center also maintains a general policy that the victim-offender mediation process must be initiated by victims. In some very exceptional cases, we have accepted a referral from a counselor or attorney who is working with the offender. With such referrals, we will (very critically) evaluate the case to determine if it is one of the exceptional ones that may be appropriate for consideration, even though the victim did not initiate the request. We do not accept requests for services directly from offenders.
The VORP Information and Resource Center currently has mediation cases pending in a number of states. We can work with you, wherever you are located.
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Marty Price, J.D., an attorney and social worker turned to mediator, is the founder and director of the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) Information and Resource Center, in Asheville, North Carolina. He is the founder and former director of the VORP of Clackamas County, Oregon. He is a former Board Member and former Co-Chair of the Victim-Offender Mediation Association (VOMA), a non-profit, international, educational and advocacy organization that promotes restorative justice and supports victim-offender mediation and reconciliation programs.
The Center provides information, training, public education, technical assistance, consulting and victim-offender mediation and reconciliation services. We serve non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and individuals. The Center specializes in juvenile justice and the mediation of drunk driving fatality cases and other crimes of severe violence.
Our mission is to bring restorative justice reform to our criminal justice system, to empower victims, offenders and communities to heal the effects of crime, to curb recidivism, and to offer our society a more effective and humanistic alternative to the growing outcry for more prisons and more punishment.
Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP)
Information and Resource Center
2826 Azalea Hills Dr. Charlotte, NC 28262
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