Apology in victim-offender mediation

Dhami, Mandeep K. (2015) Apology in victim-offender mediation. Contemporary Justice Review . (Accepted/In press)

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Abstract

Victim-offender mediation practices bring conflicting parties together so they can engage in a two-way dialogue and ultimately negotiate a mutually agreeable resolution. The fact that apology may be a motivator for participating in the mediation process and that it is often a common outcome of mediation suggests that research on mediation ought to more carefully explore the nature of the apologies that are offered. The present study provides a qualitative exploration of the prevalence and nature of the apologies offered by offenders to their victims during face-to-face mediations. Fifty-nine mediation agreements recorded by the longest running mediation scheme in the UK were analysed. It was found that 50.8% of agreements contained mention of the perpetrator saying ‘I’m sorry’ or offering a partial apology (i.e., acknowledging harm and/or promising forbearance). Full apologies were absent in the mediation agreements. Agreements did not make explicit mention of the offender admitting responsibility or expressing remorse or regret. Finally, although the mediation agreements did not make any explicit mention of offenders offering reparation, they did record efforts at providing solutions to the conflict.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 16053
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Depositing User: Mandeep Dhami
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 16:08
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 19:26
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/16053

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