This is a report of research conducted by Amanda Dissel on the Victim Offender Conferencing Project piloted during 1999 and 2000. Victim offender conferencing is a community based restorative approach to dealing with conflict in the community, which is criminal in nature. Parties with a particular stake in the matter are brought together to collectively resolve their dispute under the guidance of impartial trained mediators from their own community.
Amanda Dissel is an independent consultant in criminal justice and violence prevention issues. This research was conducted while she was Criminal Justice Programme Manager at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). She has published on issues of human rights, conditions and treatment of detainees in prisons and police stations, juvenile and child justice, and violent crime.