We respond with compassion and accompany each other in healing the harm caused by violent crime. New Healing Dialogue participants start with a carefully guided, safe, meeting of 20 to 30 people, evenly divided between family members of murder victims and family members of offenders. Leaders trained in the Healing Dialogue model teach about open-hearted listening and the value of sharing one’s personal experience.
In small groups led by skilled leaders, each person tells his or her story while the others listen.
To be heard with compassion and nonjudgment is healing; to do this with those typically viewed as the “other side” can be transformative.
In May and July 2015 we held two Healing Dialogues for new and returning participants in Los Angeles. The Dialogues were held at the Caritas Center in Culver City, atop a hill overlooking the city.
In November 2015 we held a Dialogue for new participants in San Francisco in collaboration with the Office of Restorative Justice, Archdiocese of San Francisco. More recently, we held a Dialogue for new participants in Fresno.
In September of 2015 small teams of HDA members met with four local legislators at their in-district offices. These meetings served several purposes: First, they were an opportunity for HDA to let our local representatives know about our work and our perspective on...
At the end of December 2015 a group of HDA members participated in Los Angeles County Juvenile Halls’ Christmas celebration for incarcerated young people. Nine HDA members spent the afternoon with young people incarcerated at Juvenile Hall. We shared a meal, played...
For many members of Healing Dialogue and Action, a central part of their healing comes as a result of personal connections and through activities that that support other peoples’ healing journey.