Preliminary Victim-Centered VOD Questions for OFFENDERS

These preliminary questions are for Offenders considering VOD to reflect upon, as they weigh the pros and cons of the preparation process and (hopefully) begin to take responsibility for the choices they made to directly or indirectly cause harms to others.

  •  Have you thought at all about the victims or survivors in your crime(s), or anything you would want to be able to say to them?
  • Have you thought at all about what the victims or survivors in your crime might want to say to you?
  • Knowing that nothing you do or say can ever make what you did “okay,” what would be the best thing your victim(s) or survivor(s) could say or express to you?
  • What would be the worst thing your victim(s) or survivor(s) could say or express to you?
  • What are some of the circumstances that led you to choose to commit the crime(s) you did?
  • What did you find exciting or enjoyable about committing your crime(s), at the time? For example, drinking, drugs, the adrenaline rush, the sense of “power” or “invincibility,” etc.
  • In your own mind, what might be the best thing you could say or express to your victim(s) or survivor(s)?
  • In your own mind, what might be the worst thing you could say or express to your victim(s) or survivor(s)?
  • What have the hardest parts been for you about being incarcerated?
  • What, if anything, has been “good” for you about being incarcerated?
  • Assuming you have a future release date, what might the hardest part be for you about being released?