Category Archive: Current

Aug 20

New VA License Plate Celebrates Community-Building


  One year after the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia a new Virginia license plate supporting community peacebuilding is available for purchase. Resolution Virginia worked with graphic artist Dean Paris of Paris Designs and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to create the second of two Community Peacebuilding license plates. The first Community Peacebuilding license …

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Apr 03

New Name – Resolution Virginia

During its March quarterly meeting, the board of directors of the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution unanimously decided to re-name the organization Resolution Virginia.  The by-line will be “an alliance for peaceful communities.”    Resolution Virginia matches the name of other state community mediation associations (Resolution Washington).  We are hopeful that by adopting this …

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Jan 30

Educating Legislators – Mediators Visit the Capitol of VA 2018

Lawrie & Lisa with Del.

On January 24 Delegate Michael Webert welcomed PDRC Executive Director Lawrie Parker and volunteer Lisa Barkema to the general assembly.  In 2012 Delegate Webert successfully sponsored legislation to expand the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) enabling volunteer mediators to receive Virginia tax credits for their service. Mediators from the Virginia Mediation Network, the Virginia Association for Community Conflict …

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Nov 13

Giving Children in VA the Two-Parent Advantage

Free mediation sessions and co-parenting classes are being offered to parents who have open cases with the Department of Child Support Enforcement.  The goal of this program is to give children the benefit of having both parents involved in their lives. Mediation services will give parents the opportunity to sit with an impartial neutral to …

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Feb 03

Landlord Tenant Mediation

  The Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution’s 30-second video on landlord tenant mediation encourages the use of mediation to settle landlord tenant disputes.  In mediation landlords and tenants can take the time to understand each other’s situation and perspective.  Unlike in court, they can craft  workable payment plans if money is owed.  It is …

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Feb 03

Neighborhood Mediation

This 30 second video describes how mediation can be used to help settle neighborhood disputes. Mediators can help parties discuss what is important to them and help them to create solutions that will work. Does a relationship with a neighbor really get better after taking them to court? For information about neighborhood or other types …

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Dec 09

Access to Justice Quicker with Mediation

The Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution (VACCR) recently collected information on the length of time it takes for cases to be heard and resolved by a judge compared with the length of time it takes for cases to be resolved using mediation. The data suggests that when mediation is used, Virginians obtain access to …

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Oct 22

New Orders for “Keep Calm & Call a Mediator” Shirts

Keep Calm shirt navy

Not get a chance to order a shirt?  Not to worry, we are taking names and contact information of people who want to be contacted as to when the next order will be placed.  Please send a message to if you want to be put on the “contact me” list.   There are unisex tee shirts, women’s tees, long-sleeved tee …

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May 13

More “Peace” on Virginia Roads

Apr 02

Divorce Mediation

  The Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution’s 30-second video on divorce mediation encourages divorcing couples to consider using mediation to make decisions throughout their separation and divorce. In mediation couples can divide assets and, if children are involved, discuss parenting plans. They can craft separation agreements and property settlements that make the most sense …

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