What is the Alternatives to Violence Project?

AVPNYThe Alternatives to Violence Project is a grassroots, volunteer program dedicated to reducing violence in our lives, in our homes, in our schools, in our prisons, in our streets and in our society.

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Violence comes in many forms--from put-downs and dismissal of ourselves and others to the taking of human life. Most people are exposed to some form of violence daily. Often we knowingly or unknowingly inflict violence on others. Interpersonal violence represents failed human interaction.

The Alternatives to Violence Project provides a space for us to practice transforming conflict into win-win outcomes. No one loses. Conflict becomes an opportunity for greater understanding, an opportunity to deepen relationship.

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AVP offers experiential workshops that take place in prisons, schools and communities. Workshops are typically 23 hours over three days. Community workshops typically begin on a Friday afternoon or evening and run through the weekend.

Please note: The video's statement that AVP reduces recidivism by 40-45% is based on a single study (Miller & Shuford, Delaware Prison 2005.pdf).

In workshops, we seek to:

  • affirm ourselves and one another
  • strengthen communication skills
  • build cooperative relationships
  • build community and trust within the group
  • practice transforming conflict
  • have fun!

There are three levels of workshops:

  • Basic
  • Second Level (Advanced)
  • Training for Facilitators

Participants electing to take a training for facilitators workshop may become apprentice facilitators and work on teams with more experienced facilitators.

To find a workshop near you, go to our interactive map and click on your area. You'll find Upcoming Workshops, a map of where workshops are held, and the latest posts from your region.

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