Victim/Offender Dialogue

Victim/Offender Dialogue

Victim Offender Dialogue is a voluntary process in which  trained facilitators assist the victim and offender in talking about the crime and its impact, express feelings, get questions answered, and move toward closure and healing.

 

How does it work?

A victim interested in having a dialogue with the offender contacts the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Only the victim can request Victim Offender Dialogue and participation is completely voluntary. Careful screening is done to ensure the process is safe and appropriate for each case. The facilitators meet with the victim and offender separately to prepare them. Typically, several preparation meetings are necessary so both victim and offender are fully prepared and ready to meet face to face. The facilitators provide structure for the discussion. The facilitators' role is not to judge or provide therapy, but rather to assist communication and manage the process.

The process is flexible, and can include counselors or advocates for support, if desired.  There is no cost to participants for this program.

 

What Are the Benefits of the Victim Offender Dialogue Program?

  • Provides victims of crime a structured, safe, and secure environment to meet with the offender
  • Facilitates healing, restoration and recovery
  • Is an opportunity to express feelings like anger and pain directly to the person responsible
  • Gets questions answered
  • Can help you feel more powerful and in control of your life
  • Is a chance for offenders to see the human consequences of their crime
  • Provides closure for those affected by the crime
  • Can reduce feelings of fear, anxiety or vulnerability

 

For More Information

If you are interested in participating in the Victim Offender Dialogue Process, please contact the NDCS Victim Services Coordinator at (402) 479-5798.  

Check out this story produced by KETV on the NDCS Victim Offender Dialogue program in May, 2017.