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Family Group Conferencing:
Implications for Crime Victims

Mark S. Umbreit, Ph.D., Director

Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking
(formerly Center for Restorative Justice & Mediation)
School of Social Work, University of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota

April 2000

Family Group Conferencing: Implications for Crime Victims

 

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This document draws upon a previous article by Mark Umbreit and Howard Zehr (1996), and the guidelines in the conclusion are based upon a consensus that emerged from a group of individuals who participated in the Family Group Conference training provided by the REAL JUSTICE organization in Pennsylvania in 1995.

This document was prepared by the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking (formerly the Center for Restorative Justice & Mediation) under grant number 96–VF–GX–K006, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice.

 


Contents:

Message From the Director

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Family Group Conferencing

The History of Family Group Conferencing

Similarities and Differences Between Family Group Conferencing and Victim-Offender Mediation

Potential Dangers of Family Group Conferencing

Guidelines for Restorative Family Group Conferencing

Conclusion

Bibliography

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This document was last updated on May 16, 2001