What We Do


Our Mission

Colorado’s Alternatives to Violence Project provides training in Colorado prisons and communities to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Through our workshops, we empower people to lead nonviolent lives through effective communication, affirmation, respect for all, community building and cooperation.

Developed from the real-life experiences of prisoners and others, AVP facilitates the discovery of every person’s innate power to positively transform themselves and the world.

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I believe that Alternatives to Violence has guided our abused offender participants in a positive direction. The offenders have told me the materials learned during the sessions gave them options they never realized they had. Many offenders have also stated they will find the courage to walk away from abusive relationships.

— Captain Bowers, Denver Women’s Correctional Facility

The AVP Program

The AVP program is an experiential program for everyone, facilitating the development of new skills and attitudes that lead to fulfilling lives for communities, agencies, youth and the incarcerated. AVP draws its participants and its facilitators from all religions, races, cultures and walks of life. It is an intensive learning experience, offering three-day workshops on three levels:

  • The Basic Workshop

  • The Advanced Workshop

  • The Training for Facilitators Workshop

Learn more about our workshops →