Peace circles are designed to reflect the mediation and conferencing processes. Similar to the restorative processes of mediation and conferencing, peace circles provide a space for interaction and discussion between the victim and offender, but it moves beyond that to involve the community in the decision making process. Depending on the model being used, the community participants may range from justice system personnel to anyone in the community concerned about the crime. Everyone present, the victim, victim’s family, the offender, offender’s family and community representatives are given a voice in the proceedings. Participants typically speak as they pass a “talking piece” around the circle. Circles can be held for a number of different reasons and are tailored to meet the community’s need.
To learn more about this program offering, or any program or service offered by the Eau Claire County Restorative Justice Program, please contact us today. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.