AVP began in 1975 in a New York prison when the inmates asked local Quakers to help them to devise a programme to support young prisoners to resolve conflict non-violently. The programme spread quickly to other prisons and to the wider community. Workshops are now offered in a variety of community and residential settings in over 50 countries. They run in a range of settings including in refugee camps in Kenya, prisons in the United Sates and in schools in Australia.
In 1989 the programme came to Britain. It began as a Quaker-led group but gained independence as AVPBritain in 1997.
The low-cost workshops are run in prisons link and in the community, link and there is a six-week distance learning course called ‘Facing up to Conflict’ for use in prisons. Link