Alternatives to Violence Project Britain

offers programmes for people to learn how to
manage conflict in non-violent ways

offers programmes for people to learn how to manage conflict in non-violent ways

Who we are

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is an international movement that started in the 1970s in the American prison system. AVP Britain (AVPB) is one of multiple independent branches which operate around the globe. A registered national charity, AVP Britain is committed to working towards a resilient and non-violent society through our Facing Up to Conflict programmes.

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.

Much more than an anger management course

AVP recognises 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.

Conflict is universal, so we make a point to not target any key demographic group. Although participants are often referred to us from local authorities, social service agencies, voluntary organisations, and solicitors, anyone who feels that our courses could bring value to their lives is welcome to join us without any official referral. 

Who we help

We work in communities and in prisons. We help people of all ages, backgrounds, and in different life situations.
They may include:
  • Survivors of domestic violence

  • Prisoners on short and long sentences

  • People experiencing homelessness Who are seeking help to deal with the hardships they face in rebuilding their lives

  • Ex-Service men and women who may struggle to reintegrate into society post-Deployment

  • Professionals in the care industry who might face conflict in their day-to-day jobs

  • People who want to improve their general wellbeing.

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.” (AVP workshop participant)

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