AVP Massachusetts: Alternatives to Violence Project

Alternatives to Violence Project Supporting people to deal with conflict and violence

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is an international volunteer program that offers conflict resolution workshops to transform lives. AVP experiential workshops use the shared experiences 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 behavior and violence.

An AVP workshop can help you to:

  • understand why conflict happens
  • 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
  • be true to yourself while respecting other people
  • recognize the skills you already have and learn new ones.

AVP started in prisons in the USA in 1975, and now also operates in communities, schools, colleges and conflict situations worldwide.

AVP was introduced in Massachusetts in 1988. Workshops have been held in a dozen state correctional facilities and one federal facility. Nine of these programs are currently active and we are working to start community workshops to go upstream in the river of violence.

Upcoming events

Jul 2014


prison meeting

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Aug 2014

MCI-Shirley (Medium)

AVP basic prison workshop

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Sep 2014

MCI-Shirley (Medium)

AVP basic prison workshop

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