In 2004, Judge Mary Helen Maley Maynard (Santa Cruz County Justice Court), in collaboration with Dr. Linda Mills (New York University’s Center on Violence and Recovery), decided to develop a program that would meet the needs of underserved family violence victims in Santa Cruz County in a holistic, culturally sensitive manner.
Maley convened a diverse group of fifty community leaders from law enforcement, health, social services, and faith based communities to craft a program. The result was the establishment of Circles of Peace.
Since its inception, Circles of Peace has implemented a broad range of proven restorative justice strategies such as peacemaking talking circles, restorative community building, training, and trauma-informed care.
Utilizing restorative justice practices has allowed Circles of Peace to create systems that address community harms in the courtroom, in the classroom, within families, and in the community.
Food justice is an important part of community justice. We take donations form local businesses and use them to fight hunger. Help us connect with donors and with people in need.
Every Sunday, we mobilize our teams of volunteers to make a real difference. Join us and see what can be accomplished when you get an impassioned team to focus on change.
Our community is full of people who want to help. We work to help the people providing services with the people who need them. Come connect with people in new ways.