Victim-Offender Dialogue (VOD) is a cautious process of preparation leading toward the possibility of a face-to-face meeting between a crime victim/survivor and the offender who committed the crime. The program was created in response to recurring requests from victims to talk directly with the offenders who had harmed them. It is designed to be a safe way for victims and offenders to prepare for and have such a meeting.
Victim-Offender Dialogue is:
- Victim requested
- Victim driven
- Victim sensitive
- Requests from victims not yet age 18 are not currently being accepted.
- Requests involving offenders on probation or under parole supervision are not currently being accepted.
- VOD preparation will not be allowed to overlap appeals, civil suits or parole or pardon processes.
- An offender may choose to participate or not to participate and will be neither be rewarded nor punished for the decision.
- The process can be stopped temporarily or permanently at any point by the facilitators, the victim, or the offender. Participation in preparation does not guarantee that a dialogue will take place. The preparation process takes as long as it takes and leads to a single meeting.
- The first step in requesting dialogue is to contact the Crime Victims Services Bureau.