Mentors in Violence Prevention
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) is a peer mentoring leadership programme for young people. It gives young people the chance to explore and challenge the attitudes, beliefs and cultural norms that underpin gender-based violence.
It addresses a range of behaviours including sexting, controlling behaviour, sexual harassment and consent, and uses a ‘bystander’ approach where individuals are not looked on as potential victims or perpetrators but as empowered and active bystanders with the ability to support and challenge their peers in a safe way. A strong emphasis has been placed on building healthy, respectful relationships both in the school and in the community.
Mentors in Violence Prevention was introduced to Scotland in 2012 and has its origins in America (Katz, J. 1999). By 2021 all 32 local authorities have engaged with the programme with 30 now actively delivering it in their secondary schools.