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Georgia Conflict Center

Conflict is inevitable — Violence is not

Georgia Conflict Center is committed to addressing violence at all levels: intrapersonal, interpersonal, and structural, through collaborative approaches to create restorative solutions for addressing conflict and harm.

Our Story

Georgia Conflict Center Restorative Circle Keeping

Georgia Conflict Center is a non-profit organization that works with local schools, businesses, jails, and many others to reduce conflict and address violence.

Georgia Conflict Center promotes peacemaking within the local community to reduce conflict. We address violence through educational, skill-building exercises focused on changing perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors. We believe that anyone can be a diplomatic community ally. Allies create public awareness of nonviolence as a necessity for humanity. We strive to break the cycle of violence in the home and community, whether it be physical, verbal, or emotional abuse.

CONSIDER HOW YOU COULD ADDRESS CONFLICT

In this short video, poet Raven Gibson, invites us to consider the ways that we tend to address conflict, and the potential for what our communities could be when we empower one another to seek growth through managing conflict.

OUR DEFINING PRINCIPLE:
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

What is ‘restorative’? We use the term restorative to mean possible solutions or agreements that restore all of us to our best selves. For example, if a student yells at a teacher during class, the student has affected herself, the teacher, and disrupted the entire classroom. Instead of retribution (suspension, expulsion), a more restorative solution might be a restorative circle between student, her parent, the teacher, and a counselor. The circle creates a space for expressing unmet needs or frustrations that underlie the outburst and, as importantly, a new strategy that both supports the student and helps mitigate future outbursts. Depending on the nature of the disruption or harm, a restorative circle might include all members of the class. Restorative practices build social-emotional skills, stimulate creative problem-solving, and increase accountability and trust.

Georgia Conflict Center Conflict Resolution Diagram

Our Programs

Two related approaches to conflict and harm underlie most of GCC’s work: Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Justice.

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Testimonials

"I can't tell you all enough how grateful we are for your restorative work with our students. The only thing we want to figure out is how do we get you here more often?"

—Aaron Carter
Assistant Principal,
Cedar Shoals High School

"In my 20 years at CMS/ CCSD, I have never seen anything like the recorded apology that students participated in. Their authentic and personalized words were really powerful and definitely suggested a culture shift in how we respond to conflict and the potentiality of helping students develop tools to help restore relationships."

—Michelle Vecchio-Weinmeister
Spectrum Teacher,
Clarke Middle School

"Restorative Justice is not a simple solution--it is hard work and it is not a quick fix, but it is compelling because as you are doing it, you realize that it is the exact work that we should be doing...should always have been doing."

—Tad MacMillan
Principal,
Clarke Middle School