Mentors in Violence Prevention Program
MVP is a gender violence prevention program which uses the unique Bystander Approach to motivate both men and women to play a central role in solving problems that have historically been considered “women’s issues”: rape, battery, and sexual harassment. The MVP program views all individuals not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can recognize and confront abuse.MVP Institutes are three-day interactive trainings designed for adults and adult educators. The Institute consists of two phases: during the first phase individuals go through the training as participants. During the second phase participants practice facilitating the MVP curriculum and create MVP implementation plans. Upon completion of the Institute, participants receive a digital copy of the MVP curriculum and are certified to utilize it with their direct service population.Male and female adult educators and youth service providers are encouraged to attend. The Institute is also open to other adults who are interested in exploring the topic of men’s violence against women. Participants are eligible to receive 21 PDP’s from the Massachusetts Department of Education.