Source: (2000) The Crime Victims Report 4 (May/June): 19.

As Angela Ober writes, healing circles provide a means of addressing the harm caused to a community by wrongdoing. A healing circle provides community members two opportunities: a process that cultivates trust, understanding, and respect; and a process that maintains and strengthens the personal dignity of participants. Ober explains the healing and transforming power of community circles further by discussing their benefits to a broad range of community members and by illustrating with a specific case of a community circle in Oregon responding to a young offender.