Many victims of violent crimes are left with unanswered questions that prevent them from moving forward with their lives. To help in that process, the Department created the Victim/Offender Dialogue Program.
The program provides a safe environment in which victims or survivors of victims of violent acts — murder, attempted murder and sexual assault — and offenders are given the opportunity to meet face-to-face and share a confidential, open exchange about a crime. The goal is to promote understand, resolution and enhance the ability of both parties to move forward in the aftermath of a destructive event
There is no fee to participate in the Victim Offender Dialogue program; participation of both parties is voluntary. The process is initiated by the victim and can be stopped at any point. The meeting takes place in a private area within a correctional facility, moderated by two trained facilitators.
Both the victim and the offender may have a support person of their choosing provide assistance throughout the process, from exploring the possibility of a face-to-face meeting to working through emotions afterward. There is no set time for completing the process, as each individual case and the parties involved are different.
Many people who have participated in the Victim Offender Dialogue program have found the process helpful in resolving long-standing questions and emotional pain about a crime.
For more information or to participate in the program, contact:
Utah Department of Corrections
14717 S. Minuteman Drive
Draper, UT 84020