The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a training programme open to all people aged 18 and over enabling participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. AVP workshops are for the the victims of violence as well as people who have been violent in the past, they can also help those who work with either group. Workshops are non-residential, run by our trained facilitators and experiential (not based on lectures).

Our workshops use the shared experience of participants, interactive exercises, games and role-plays to examine the ways in which we respond to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to aggressive behaviour and violence.

An AVP workshop is run over a weekend, starting usually at 6pm on a Friday night until 9.30pm. All day Saturday (9am - 6pm) and Sunday (10am - 4pm) but times may vary slightly.

An AVP workshop can help you to:

  • manage strong feelings such as anger and fear
  • deal more effectively with risk and danger
  • build good relationships with other people
  • communicate well in difficult situations
  • recognise the skills you already have and learn new ones
  • be true to yourself while respecting other people
  • understand why conflict happens

Karen's Story

Struggling with handling intense emotions, Karen found AVP workshops helped her a lot. She has now trained as a facilitator.

"The switch in my head had been pushed. The switch that reads above it, ‘Violence, Warning, Do not touch!’  Too late though, my switch had been flicked and a chain of violent behaviour began. I took a rake and swung it at everything in my path. On this particular occasion my car got the brunt of my anger. My black beetle that, I had been working hard to pay off. I threw the rake as far as possible then without a thought I ran my forehead in to the house wall causing blood to flow and tissue to swell. My switch usually worked on a timer and after so long the raging anger within me would subside and the violent behaviour died down to a stop."

Read more at KAREN'S STORY