Source: (1999) Paper presented at the Building Strong Partnerships for Restorative Practices conference, Burlington, Vermont, 5-7 August 1999. Downloaded 8 June 2004.

The author describes the work of healing circles (akin to community and family conferences) in a Native community in Canada to deal with cases of sexual abuse. She describes in detail the participants, principles, procedures, and desired objectives (e.g., accountability, healing, restitution, reconciliation) of a Community Holistic Circle Healing model involving offenders, victims, family members, community members and leaders, social services professionals, and government criminal justice officials (crown attorneys and judges). Community Holistic Circle Healing is providing a concrete alternative to the standard Canadian criminal justice process for dealing with offenses.


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