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Overview - What is the Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme?

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) programme explores a series of ‘scenarios’ involving a range of behaviours, such as name-calling, sexting, controlling behaviour and harassment. Using a ‘bystander’ approach individuals are not considered potential victims or perpetrators; instead, they are empowered and active bystanders with the ability to support and challenge their peers in a safe way.

MVP is based on five core components:

  • Exploring violence through a gendered lens;
  • Developing leadership;
  • Adopting a bystander approach;
  • Recognising the scope of violent behaviour; and
  • Challenge victim-blaming.


MVP is a leadership programme that aims to create a positive, inclusive and welcoming learning environment for all. Working towards long-term attitudinal change, evaluation and continuous improvement are at the heart of implementation.