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Mission Statement

AVP is a program working to reduce violence by learning about relationships, communication, and conflict resolution through workshops in prisons, jails, and the community. We are a volunteer-run, non-profit, organized by local volunteers. We invite you to learn about AVP, take a workshop, and even become a volunteer facilitator!

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The thinking behind AVP

We understand that conflict is a natural and normal part of life, and that it is possible to learn new ways of handling it. By holding workshops in which the participants consider the underlying causes of friction and violence, practical ways of dealing with situations of conflict are worked out. Our workshops build on everyday experiences and try to help us move away from violent or abusive behavior by developing other ways of dealing with conflicts. They help us to increase the respect we have for ourselves and others.

Workshop Settings AVP is for everyone, everywhere. AVP workshops are designed to easily adapt to the characteristics of each setting.

In Prison AVP has been known to help reduce violence within prisons, reduce recidivism, and improve communication both among the incarcerated community and with prison authorities.

In Communities AVP has been known to help improve interpersonal relationships and reduce incidents of domestic violence.

Schools AVP has been known to help reduce classroom-related violence and improve playground friendships and academic skills.

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