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On the Efficacy of Victim-Offender-Mediation in Cases of Partnership Violence in Austria, or: Men Don’t Get Better, But Women Get Stronger: Is it Still True?

Outcomes of an Empirical Study
  • Christa PelikanEmail author
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Introduction: What This Study has Shown

Put in a nutshell, the core finding of this study reads thus: The efficacy of VOM in cases partnership violence is to a large part due to the empowerment of the women victims, but partly, albeit to a smaller percentage, also due to an inner change, to insight and following from that a change of behaviour on the side of the male perpetrators. These achievements cannot be understood except as part of a comprehensive societal change – a change of collective mentalities, or in other words: change of expectations1 regarding the use of violence in intimate partnerships.

The research presented is to be perceived against the background of another study carried out about 10 years ago; its title was: ‘The efficacy of criminal law interventions in cases of partnership violence: Comparing the Criminal Trial and Victim-Offender Mediation (out of court offence compensation – ATA)’. The result of this first study had evoked my provocative summarising statement...

Keywords

Restorative justice Victim-offender mediation Domestic violence Violence against women 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie - Institute for Sociology of Law and CriminologyViennaAustria

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