|Reference: "talking piece"|
One man played the role of the victim, one the role of the policeman. Other participants played the support people (e.g. family members), as well as representatives of state agencies and NGOs and other members of the local community. One VDS researcher was the facilitator. A talking piece was used in order to enable that the voices of everyone can be heard. At the beginning, the facilitator would remind the participants about the rules of the restorative circle and communication, the reasons and the aims for the gathering. In the next phase, participants would deal with the problem, where everyone should understand what happened and how the event influenced the direct parties to the conflict, but also other people. Afterwards, there was a phase in which the circle participants made suggestions for possible solutions, i.e. further steps in order to heal the injury and repair the damage, but also what should be done on a broader level, the level of local community, institutions. In the end, the facilitator would sum up all that was talked about, made a short plan about the steps that should be taken and asked the participants if they agree with such a plan and also about how they feel. The participants showed readiness to solve problems in this way. They also focused on finding the causes of such problems. This exercise shows that restorative circles can lead to better understanding of conflicting parties, ideas for broader actions on the community level, and for the 'perpetrator' to become aware of his actions and to accept his responsibility.
Tokom testiranja restorativnog kruga, učesnici su sedeli u krug po unapred određenom rasporedu, zavisno od uloge koja im je dodeljena. Osobe koje su igrale ulogu „žrtve“ i „učinioca“ sedele su jedna naspram druge, do njih su bile osobe čija se uloga sastojala u pružanju podrške jednoj, odnosno drugoj strani, a između njih su bili raspoređivani ostali učesnici (iz sistema socijalne zaštite, civilnog sektora, policije i sl.). Takođe, tokom ovog eksperimenta korišćen je talking piece, predmet koji drži učesnik koji govori, što je omogućilo da svako može da govori, da se čuju mišljenja svih, da oni koji su tiši ne ostanu po strani, ali i da se poštuje želja onih koji ne žele da pričaju.
Tokom okupljanja učesnici sede u krugu, a diskusija se odvija tako što se jedan predmet, koji nešto znači konkretnom krugu učesnika (tzv. talking piece), predaje učesniku koji treba da govori.
UNIVERZITET U NIŠU PRAVNI FAKULTET
Mr Sanja Ćopić
RESTORATIVNA PRAVDA I KRIVIČNOPRAVNI
SISTEM Doktorska disertacija
Native speaker of: Dutch
PRO pts in category: 52