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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Mediation, Victims of crimes-Services for-United States, Victims of crimes-Psychology, Restorative justice, Self psychology, Object relations (Psychoanalysis), Victim offender, Victim experience


In light of the growing practice of victim offender mediation practice in the United States, this paper explores the experience of the victim throughout the process using the application of D.W. Winnicott's theory of object relations and Heinz Kohut's theory of Self Psychology. I will use these psychodynamic theories to provide an in-depth analysis of the victim's experience of victimization and the process of victim offender mediation, including the internal and external worlds of the victim, her needs, and the roles of those involved in the process. This study will highlight the effective interventions that may facilitate a more positive and healing experience of victim offender mediation through the applications of psychodynamic theory, informing social work policy, research and practice within the realm of restorative justice. Mediators can be better informed regarding their role in facilitating the process of victim offender mediation.




ii, 50 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 47-50)

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