The Restorative Circle process is based on the work of Dominic Barter which began in Rio de Janeiro in the mid 1990s and continues with a growing community both in Brazil and internationally.
A Restorative Circle is a community process for supporting those in conflict. It brings together the three parties to a conflict - those who have acted, those directly impacted and the wider community - within an intentional systemic context, to dialogue as equals. Participants invite each other and attend voluntarily. The dialogue process used is shared openly with all participants, and guided by a community member. The process ends when actions have been found that bring mutual benefit.
Mutual Comprehension: Everyone shares their story and how their lives are currently affected.
Self-Responsibility: We each take responsibility and reflect back to the time of the event and what was important to them.
Agreed actions: We agree on specific, measurable, achievable and timely actions.