Who we are
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is an international movement that started in the 1970s in the American prison system. AVP Britain is one of multiple independent branches which operate around the globe. A registered national charity (1085709), AVP Britain is committed to working towards a resilient and non-violent society.
About 1 in 50 people in Britain is the victim of a violent assault each year, which is approximately twice the average for the industrialised world. Besides violent assaults, threatening behaviour described as ‘really frightening’ affects 1 in 25 people in Britain each year.
Despite this, there are few organisations in Britain supporting adults to deal with conflict and reduce the violence in their lives. Where there are courses they are often very expensive. AVP works with a wide spectrum of people; our emphasis is on working with individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have a history of using or suffering from violence.
Much more than an anger management course, AVP recognizes that a holistic approach is needed to address violence in our societies. Our courses therefore aim to teach participants the necessary skills to handle conflict non-violently and to build better, healthier relationships. We do this through interactive workshops which combine experiential learning and self-awareness exercises with more practical skill development in conflict management.
How we help
We run workshops in the community and in prisons to help people to face up to conflict in their lives. To maximize accessibility, our course is offered in different formats:
- A 16-hour, in-person intensive course delivered over a weekend;
- A 16-hour course delivered in the evening (currently online only) over the course of six weeks;
- A 16-hour, hybrid course (1 day face-to-face and 3 evenings online)
- A self-paced, distance learning course which can be done online or via postal mail.
We are also currently developing a high accessibility version of our distance learning course which will increase participation potential among individuals who may experience difficulties reading or writing.
Workshops are delivered in communities and prisons across the UK by AVP’s network of skilled and dedicated volunteers. Our distance learning course is similarly managed by trained volunteer assessors who regularly meet to develop evaluation standards.
If you are interested, see the list of upcoming workshops.
“I think when the course finishes people will find they have a different outlook on life. Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.” - Anonymous
Where we are
Our main office is in London, and we run workshops across Britain.
The Brick Yard (formerly called the Grayston Centre)
28 Charles Square
Tel. 020 7324 4755
© AVP Britain 2021