This report is written in response to H.B. No. 2291, relating to a study of established victim offender mediation programs in Texas’ juvenile probation departments. Section I of this report provides general background information on Victim Offender Mediation (VOM), including its benefits, potential pitfalls, and best practices based on nationwide research of VOM programs. Section II focuses on VOM programs in Texas juvenile probation departments. Although there are nine juvenile probation departments with VOM programs, only
three departments have active programs with over 100 annual referrals.