Mediation and domestic violence: A call for collaboration


  • Ann W. Yellott

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    • Ann W. Yellott has worked in the field of domestic violence prevention in both rural and urban communities for eighteen years. For the past five years, she has been manager of the Community Mediation Program of OUR TOWN Family Center in Tucson, Arizona.


Agencies and individuals working on domestic violence prevention in Tucson, Arizona, have collaborated to create more effective criminal justice intervention and treatment procedures. This process included a cooperative effort to design a community mediation service that would meet the special needs of families dealing with violence and that would operate within the context of other intervention efforts. This article outlines guidelines for structuring such a mediation program and offers a rationale for including mediation as one of many intervention techniques available in communities for abused and abusive partners.