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?

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    The term ‘expectations’ is used as a sociological category indicating people’s ‘mutual expectations’ of behaviour – thus constituting the social space where people’s actions take place.

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    Originally the relevant variables had been derived from a model or flow-chart depicting the diachronic course of events, but also the various forces of influence that came to bear upon the use, or the mobilisation of the agencies of law and of the mediation procedure, and on their preventive and “peace-making” effects on the lives of men and women (Pelikan 2002).

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    But I have to point out that it is the women with higher education that are more critical towards the ATA than those with only elementary eduction.

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    Since July 1, 2009 the term for the barring order lasts for two weeks, the court injunction up to six months.

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    All names used here and in the report are fictional – as well as the (first) names of the social workers mentioned; in some cases I have also changed a few characteristics of the persons and situations.

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Pelikan, C. 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?. Eur J Crim Policy Res 16, 49–67 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10610-010-9117-8

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Keywords

  • Restorative justice
  • Victim-offender mediation
  • Domestic violence
  • Violence against women