This Victim/Offender Mediation/Dialogue (“VOM/D”) Pilot Project was designed in order to attempt to facilitate dialogue between victims and offenders in matters involving serious violent crime and to pilot a unique partnership in mediation by professional staff in the employ of the Department of Correctional Services and Khulisa Social Solutions.
In Johannesburg Juvenile Maximum Security Prison, Khulisa implemented its Offender Drug Peer Counselling Programme. Funded by the American Embassy, a range of training components were undertaken between April and December 2002 when 18 youth inmates graduated as Drug Peer Counsellors.
Over the past ten years, there have been enormous developments in preventing children from becoming or remaining victims and perpetrators of crime. In South Africa, attention has focussed on school safety, women and child abuse, and local level crime prevention interventions.
It is estimated that of the forty million people living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) worldwide approximately 14% to 16% live in South Africa. South Africa has one of the most severe HIV epidemics in the world. It is estimated that approximately 400 000 people are living with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in South Africa, in 2004. The majority of those infected with HIV are between 20 and 30 years.