The Alternatives to Violence Project began in 1975. An inmate group at Green Haven Prison (New York) was working with youth gangs and teenagers at risk.
This workshop was so successful that requests were received for more, and AVP was born and quickly grew. It is now an independent organisation, with no religious affiliations.
AVP currently conducts hundreds of workshops each year in prisons in Australia there are programmes in about a dozen correctional facilities including three prisons in W.A.

Nick's Story

In the video opposite, Nick shares his story on how he managed to turn his life around with the help & guidance of AVPWA
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Wayne's Story

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Radio Interview

Mark Newhouse explains what AVP is all about in an interview on 98.5 Sonshine FM radio. Listen to Mark's Interview

Nick's Story Video

Previous Participants

The agendas are varied and interesting, guiding groups into real interaction and self-realisation.
Sharing and listening to people’s stories was so special. I have seen so much beauty, honesty and humour. I feel privileged to have been here.

Good insight into my (and others’) reactions to conflict and how we can best deal with situations in order to achieve non-violent outcomes.

The workshop showed me some new skills when dealing with difficult situations and understanding feelings and emotions.