KMSB "Nogales SCC Profiles," Tuesday, 3/22/11, 6:55 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Mary Helen Maley, Circles of Peace, says the initiative, "Restoring Justice Through Peacemaking Circles" was introduced to Nogales and Santa Cruz County in May 2004.   She says the focus is on addressing issues of domestic violence and intimate-partner abuse.  She says the process promotes healing through honest self-reflection, acknowledgement of wrongdoing, and connection to the broader community. She said participants include the perpetrator, family members and often the victim.