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 plate, produced in 2007, contains the image of a dove and the word “Peace”.   For the second plate, the group wanted to convey the ideas of civil discourse and community-building.  A photographic image of human arms with different skin tones holding up the globe was chosen.  Underneath this image is an urban to suburban to rural skyline.

The plate can be obtained by visiting Department of Motor Vehicle offices or going to the C for “Community Peacebuilding” in the Special Plates section of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website

$15 of each $25 purchase will go towards the community peacebuilding work of Virginia’s not-for-profit community dispute resolution centers that are members of Resolution Virginia.  Information on Resolution Virginia can be obtained at

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 name we are helping to increase the prominence of community mediation associations in national conversations.

Jan 30

Educating Legislators – Mediators Visit the Capitol of VA 2018

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.

Lawrie & Lisa with Del.

Mediators from the Virginia Mediation Network, the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution and Dispute Resolution Services from the Office of the Supreme Court were recognized by Delegate David Toscano from the House floor.

inside House floor

Mediators spent the day seeing their legislators and educating new legislators about mediation and how it can be used for constituent concerns.


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 develop plans for spending time with the child(ren).   Even tricky topics such as how time with the child(ren) will be divided over the holidays can be tackled.

Co-parenting classes will give parents information and tools to effectively communicate with each other and share parenting responsibilities.  Funding for this program is made available through the Department of Social Services’ Access and Visitation grant program.


To get access to the mediation program, both parents need to be willing to mediate a parenting plan.   Also, current contact information for both parents needs to be available.   Parents who meet these criteria should call VACCR’s main telephone number 888-VA PEACE to connect to the closest center offering the services.  Or centers can be reached directly at the numbers below:


ReSOLUTIONS, Woodstock                                                                          (540) 459-8799

Better Agreements, Inc. Blacksburg                                                        (540) 552-1200

CMG Foundation, Richmond                                                                       (804) 254-2664

Conflict Resolution Center @ Children’s Trust, Roanoke                 (540) 342-2063 ext. 24

FairField Center, Harrisonburg                                                                   (540) 434-0059 ext. 1

Mediation Center of Charlottesville                                                         (434) 977-2926

NVMS (Northern Virginia Mediation Service)                                      (703) 865-7263

Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center, Warrenton                                                     (540) 347-6650

Peaceful Alternatives Community Mediation, Amherst                 (434) 929-8224

The Up Center, Portsmouth                                                              (757) 397-2121 ext. 332

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 amazing how mediation can positively alter the relationship between a landlord and tenant. To get more information on using mediation, contact one of the centers listed on this site, go to or call 1-888-VAPEACE

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 of mediation, contact one of the centers listed, go to or call 1-888-VAPEACE.

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 justice (a settlement of their issues) much quicker, sometimes three times faster.

The table below lists the time it takes for cases to be heard by a judge and for cases to be resolved through mediation in general district courts (GDC) and juvenile and domestic relations courts (J&DR) in the nine regions across Virginia served by VACCR member centers, most of whom hold contracts from the Supreme Court of Virginia to coordinate the provision of mediation services.

Click on this link to see the table: Case Settlement Condensed Table

While many courts in Virginia can connect petitioners with mediators who are paid by the Court to provide mediation free of charge, people in conflict who do not want to wait for a court referral can contact a mediation center or mediator directly and pay for their services. Center fees are responsive to client incomes so they should be affordable to all.

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 shirts and hoodies ranging in price from $15 to $35.  Five of those dollars will go toward the public education efforts of our consortium. But more importantly, the shirts will help to educate people directly about mediation. So please use your social networks to help us to spread the word about the shirts.
A $5 flat shipping fee will be added to your order no matter how many tee shirts, long-sleeved shirts or hoodies you buy.
It would be terrific to bump into someone wearing one of these all over the country. Any questions, please contact Christine at 1-888-VAPEACE extension * or  Thank you!

May 13

More “Peace” on Virginia Roads

Did you know that a “Peace” license plate is available for purchase for Virginia’s citizens interested in promoting peace and community peacebuilding?

By purchasing a Peace plate, $15 of your $25 fee will go to help support community peacebuilding efforts of VACCR member centers. We hope you will encourage others to order the plate and we thank you for being a part of this effort.

To Order: Visit the Virginia DMV Peace Plate site or your local DMV Customer Service Center.

Many thanks to Liz Frankl of the Frankl Creative Group for designing the Peace Plate.

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 for all involved. To get more information about using mediation in separation and divorce, contact one of the centers listed in this video, visit or call 1-888-VAPEACE.