What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution. A neutral party (the mediator) facilitates an intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise. The mediator is impartial, and has no decision making authority. The mediator’s goal is to encourage respectful, productive communication such that the opposing parties can reach a solution.
Why Choose Mediation?
- Disputing parties believe that all problems are solvable.
- All participants have a voice.
- All participants own the decision making process.
- Differences are resolved peacefully.
- Relationships are preserved.
- All parties can move forward with new skills and relationships.
- The entire community can benefit from the creative solutions.
Mediation Services for Youth
Victim-Offender and Parent-Adolescent Mediation
The Peace Center provides a diversion program for youth referred by the Third Judicial District. This alternative to the traditional juvenile justice approach uses the principles of restorative justice to:
Hold juvenile offenders accountable,
Give victims a voice,
And prevent further offenses.
Community Mediation Services
The Peace Center offers mediation services to the broader community. These are for youth and adults who are not under court supervision, but are seeking a face to face method of dispute resolution under the guidance of a trained mediator.
Who can benefit from TCPJ’s Community Mediation Services?
- Neighborhood groups
- Faith Communities
- Small Claims
If you are interested in more information about our mediation services, contact , Topeka Center for Peace and Justice at 785-329-6349 or by email.