Victim Empathy

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Heartland Family Service North Office
6720 N. 30th St.
Omaha, NE 68112
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Restorative Justice emphasizes the harm done to a victim and the community, and works to involve all affected by the crime in the resolution process. The goal is to repair the relationship and fix the damage that has been done, thereby equipping the youth with a desire to avoid further crime.

The Victim Empathy Program
is an element of restorative justice that provides an opportunity for young offenders to understand the effects of their offense on their victim. Through education, mediation and restitution, the youth gains a new perspective on his or her crime.

The program has two components. Weekly classes involve the youth in education, writing apology letters, and community service activities. Voluntary victim offender meetings, offered by the Concord Center, provide an opportunity for the youth to face his or her victim. Together they develop a plan to include financial restitution, community service, and/or how the youth intends to remain crime free.

Since the program began in 2006, 94% of the youth completed the program and 85% remained crime-free six months after completion.

Youth ages 12 to 18 are eligible to participate in this program. Referrals are accepted from diversion, probation, or juvenile court professionals, as well as from parents and guardians.

To register for for more information:
(402) 552-7400 or

Collaborative Partners
The Victim Empathy Program is a collaboration among Heartland Family Service, Nebraska Juvenile Probation and Office of Juvenile Services, the Douglas County Victim Witness Unit, and the Concord Center. Funding is provided through the Sherwood Foundation, and the Nebraska Office for Violence Prevention.