Responsive Circles focus on repairing harm. This harm can be anything from vandalism to theft to assault, and includes behaviors such as bullying and harassment.
Working in cooperation with the justice or disciplinary system, these circles increase accountability while focusing on making victims and targets whole again, treating whole communities in crisis.
Responsive circles stress the safety and security of everyone involved in the process. As such, they typically involve an extensive intake and screening process prior to the circle itself. The circle can follow a fairly rigid format, especially in single or early sessions, to help ensure that the process remains controlled and focused.
Responsive circles have immense value in helping individuals understand the harm that they have caused, and in determining ways to repair that harm. Offenders can be involved in ensuring their own accountability and responsibility, maximizing the positive impact on the entire community.