Elkhart, Indiana

Victim Offender Reconciliation Caseworker

Center for Community Justice -- Elkhart, Indiana

1- or 2-year term
Ages 20+
Mennonite Voluntary Service



Agency Description

The Center for Community Justice helps work toward safer communities in Elkhart County by providing pathways to healing for those in need.  The Center for Community practices Restorative Justice to heal the harm caused by crime, strengthen conflict resolution skills, and engage a stronger community. The Center for Community Justice is rooted in the principles of Restorative Justice, assisting Elkhart County through Restorative Mediation and Facilitation, Restorative Reentry work and Restorative Training.

The Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) is the largest type of referral source within CCJ's Mediation and Facilitation services.  It was founded in Elkhart in 1978, and was one of the first of its kind in North America.  The program operates out of a philosophy of restorative justice which views crime, fundamentally, as harm done to people and communities.  Restorative justice maintains that adequate response to crime must involve addressing that harm.  VORP staff work with both the victim and the offender in court-referred cases to identify how crime affected the victim and what steps the offender can take to begin to make things right. 

VORP facilitates a conversation that allows victims to ask questions about why the offense was committed and to tell the offender how it affected them.  It is also a conversation that gives offenders an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions by taking steps to address the harm they caused.  This conversation may involve a face-to-face meeting between the victim and offender, or it may be facilitated indirectly by VORP staff.

Position Description

  • MVS worker would potentially participate in various types of facilitated dialogue within Mediation and Facilitation Services including community mediation, civil mediation, conferencing and/or consulting with schools, family mediation, and victim-offender conferencing, with the primary responsibilities being within VORP.
  • Prepare and maintain caseload using computer database and hard files
  • Conduct intake interviews with offenders and victims of crime
  • Arrange and facilitate face-to-face mediations when applicable
  • Negotiate restitution indirectly with parties when necessary
  • Report to referral sources on case status
  • Assist with periodic research and writing projects when needed
  • Assist VORP staff with planning and implementing annual victim-offender mediation training
  • Part time (24 hrs/wk) to Full Time (40 hrs/wk)


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Commitment to philosophy of restorative justice
  • Ability to work constructively as part of a team

 Program info



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 Program site



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