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Pranis, Kay and Brown, Judy (2002). Using Peacemaking Circles in Family Violence: Hopes and Cautions Paper presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This session will explore the potential risks and benefits of using the peacemaking circle process to work with victims and offenders to address issues of family violence. Experienced advocates will share what they have learned in a pilot project initiated by a domestic violence agency in Cottage Grove, MN. The distinct challenges of family violence cases will be discussed along with limitations of the circle process. Presenters and participants will work to identify special practice requirements related to the use of this process in cases of family violence. Author's abstract

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