Conflict Resolution

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Crown Heights Community Mediation Center: Community Assessment and Perceptions

In Spring 2003, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center conducted a formal survey to assess the needs and concerns of the Crown Heights, Brooklyn, community, as well as to gauge the community’s use and awareness of the Mediation Center. The Operation Data survey provided a forum for community members to voice their concerns about issues of quality of life, safety, services, conflict, and diversity in their neighborhood.

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Community Impact Panels

In order to sanction offenders who commit certain low-level offenses and educate them about the effects of their actions, planners at Midtown Community Court came up with the idea of Community Impact Panels: mediated sessions in which community members meet with offenders to discuss the impact of their offenses on the community.

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Strengthening Communities: Mediation in Crown Heights

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center follows a model of community-based mediation and uses it to address community conflict in Crown Heights. “Having a forum where [community members] can go to air their differences can relieve a lot of the tension that might otherwise build up,” Maureen O’Connor, a volunteer mediator, explained. “Even when the mediation session doesn’t end in a reconciliation, … it can diffuse a lot of antagonism.”

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Association for Conflict Resolution

The Association for Conflict Resolution is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. Its site details the association—its membership, programs, and conferences—while the online library offers a wide range of articles, publications, newsletters, and research studies about conflict resolution.

http://www.acrnet.org/

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Victim Offender Mediation Association

The Victim Offender Mediation Association is an international membership association that supports and assists people and communities working at restorative models of justice. It provides resources, training, and technical assistance in victim-offender mediation, conferencing, circles, and related practices. Its web site features restorative justice fact sheets, articles, and newsletters.

http://www.voma.org/

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Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts is an international and interdisciplinary association of family, court, and community professionals dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes. This site describes the association and its various training programs, and houses the Family Court Review journal.

http://www.afccnet.org/

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Office of Dispute Resolution – U.S. Department of Justice

The Office of Dispute Resolution coordinates the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Department of Justice. The office is responsible for ADR policy matters, ADR training, assisting lawyers in selecting the right cases for dispute resolution, and finding appropriate neutrals to serve as mediators, arbitrators, and neutral evaluators. The office also coordinates the Interagency ADR Working Group, an organization that promotes the use of ADR throughout federal executive branch agencies, which was created by the President and is chaired by the Attorney General. Its site offers numerous resources and publications.

http://www.justice.gov/olp/adr/

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Conflict Resolution Information Source

This is a comprehensive information site that provides numerous links and resources for adversaries, bystanders, students, educators, practitioners, and researchers. Among other things, users can learn more about conflict resolution, browse all resources, link to conflict-related news, and connect to a network of people working in the field.

http://www.crinfo.org/

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New York State Unified Court System – Alternative Dispute Resolution

The Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs oversees all Alternative Dispute Resolution programs in the Unified Court System, and works with judges, court administrators and members of the bar to design dispute resolution programs that are responsive to the needs of the communities and court environments in which they operate. It also administers the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program, which provides a community-based forum for the resolution of disputes that might otherwise become civil, family and criminal courts cases.

http://www.courts.state.ny.us/ip/adr/index.shtml

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Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

Created in 1947, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities. The site’s resource section provides numerous articles, speeches and presentations detailing the agency’s latest thinking about mediation.

http://www.fmcs.gov/internet/

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