Mentors in Violence Prevention is a leadership program focused on preventing all forms of violence. It utilises a bystander approach to prevention. The program does not view participants as either perpetrators or victims of violence. It views all participants as empowered bystanders who can confront, interrupt or prevent violence. The program seeks to enlist all people in the fight against violence by equipping them with the skills to be effective bystanders.
The Training model
MVP training sessions are facilitated discussions, not lectures. The highly interactive training sessions are utilised to develop concrete options for participants to employ during a range of school or social situations – ranging from the rather harmless-seeming to actual violence. Additionally, the training sessions open dialogue regarding participant leadership around issues such as: battering, sexual assault, fighting, and bullying.
The training sessions strive to challenge participants to understand and embrace the necessity of their action as leaders and proactive bystanders when faced with violent situations. It provides a paradigm shift in attitude about these issues and then empowers participants with concrete options for intervention in real-life situations.
- raise participant awareness of underlying issues and unique dynamics of all forms of violence
- challenge participants to think critically and personally (empathise) about these issues
- open dialogue amongst participants about the dynamics and context of all forms of violence
- inspire participants to be proactive leaders around these issues by challenging them to develop concrete options for intervention in potentially dangerous social situations
What makes the Mentors in Violence Prevention program unique?
- trainings provide the context necessary to empower participants to be proactive bystanders
- teaches concrete bystander intervention skills for use in the most difficult situations
- employs a discussion-based educational philosophy to make training sessions dynamic and interactive. MVP training sessions are not lectures
- utilises teaching materials including Playbooks which consist of realistic scenarios involving various forms of violence
- works with men and women in both mixed and single gender sessions
- staff create a "safe space" for participants to learn from one another
- is highly replicable, allowing organisations to utilise the curriculum long after the initial training
Mentors in Violence Prevention was created by Jackson Katz in 1993. MVP is an industry leader and was on the cutting-edge in the early nineties, utilising a bystander approach to violence prevention. MVP is the premier program in the United States working with hard to reach populations, such as college and professional athletes, the military, and fraternities and sororities, on the issues of men’s violence against women for over a decade.
- MVP Evaluation Report Year 1 (PDF 1,397k)
- MVP Evaluation Report Year 2 (PDF 492k)
- MVP Evaluation Report Year 3 (PDF 295k)
Program ConvenorDr Shannon Spriggs has spent the last nine years delivering and developing MVP training across the USA, in Australia and the Middle East and is a Research Fellow with the Violence Research and Prevention program at Griffith University. Since 2010, she has directed the adaptation and delivery of the MVP curriculum, training of trainers and the introduction of MVP training in Australia. From 2006-2010 she was the Assistant Director for the MVP National program in the USA. In that role, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program and training coordination.
Dr Spriggs has facilitated almost 700 training sessions with various groups including high school and university students and staff, professional athletes, business men and women, educators, social service providers and military service personnel. She has significant experience developing trainers, facilitating Train-the-Trainer programs in the MVP curriculum, and has also worked as a consultant with the USA military in the USA and in Iraq.
Dr Spriggs received her PhD in Higher Education Administration with a Student Development focus from Boston College in 2007.
For information please contact Dr Shannon Spriggs at email@example.com or 07 3735 1104.