MVP Scotland

Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of young people in Scotland

What is MVP?

The Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme (MVP) is an approach to gender violence and bullying prevention that was first developed in 1993 in the United States at the Northeastern University's Centre for the Study of Sport in society by Dr Jackson Katz.

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Why MVP?

Designed to train students to speak out against rape, dating violence, sexual harrassment, bullying and all forms of violent and abusive behaviour, MVP focuses on an innovative 'bystander' approach that empowers each student to take an active role in promoting a positive school climate. Within the MVP Programme young people are identified not as victims or perpetrators but as empowered bystanders able to support and even challenge abusive and bullying peers. Young people are provided with a range of safe options which can prevent situations from escalating.

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Our work

The MVP Programme makes use of young people within the school to act as peer mentors who deliver MVP sessions to younger peers in the school. The heart of the training consists of role plays which allow students to construct and practice viable options in response to incidents of harrassment, abuse or violence before, during or after the incident occurs. Students are able to identify dangerous behaviours as forms of violence and learn that there is not just one way to confront violence and develop valuable skills to build their personal resolve and act when faced with difficult situations.

The MVP Programme is currently operating in 6 Local Authorities across Scotland. For further information please contact the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit and select the MVP category