- Juvenile Justice Center
- Diversity Awareness Partnership
- Domestic Relations
- Evening Reporting Center
- GEMS (Girls Empowering Minds & Spirits)
- RADAR (Responding Appropriately to Drug and Alcohol Referrals)
- Greene County Youth Academy
- Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative - JDAI
- Legal Unit
- Specialized Courts
- Victim/Witness Services
"Working Together to Make Things Right"
Victim-Offender Mediation is a program offered by the Greene County Juvenile Office in
partnership with the Center for Dispute Resolution at Missouri State University.
Victim-Offender Mediation is a face-to-face meeting between a juvenile who committed an
offense and the victim he or she harmed. A trained volunteer mediator is present and
helps guide the meeting. The juvenile offender and the victim have the opportunity to
talk to one another about what happened, the effects of the crime on their lives, and
their feelings about it. If the offender and the victim agree on a restitution plan
(for example, paying the victim back for damage done, community service, etc.), the
mediator will write up that agreement and give a copy of it to the Juvenile Office.
It then becomes the official restitution agreement for the juvenile who committed the
Through this process victims have an opportunity to get answers to their questions about the crime and the person who committed it. They take an active role in getting their material and emotional needs met.
Offenders have an opportunity to take responsibility for what they have done. They learn the impact of their actions on others. They take an active role in making things right, for example, through restitution, apology, or community service.
Kara Fryman, Heather Blades (Associate Director for the CDR), and Rebecca Pearson
Become a trained Volunteer Mediator!
For more information on becoming a trained Victim-Offender Mediation Volunteer or to or to learn more about the program, please contact the Center for Dispute Resolution at Missouri State University, or Mandi Franck at the Greene County Juvenile Office.