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Mentors in Violence Prevention

Learn how to become an active bystander in your community.

Recognise, assess and act to help reduce family violence against women.

What is MVP?

The Mentors in Violence Prevention Program (MVP) provides skills to help end violence in our communities by helping us learn how to be effective bystanders. Bystanders can confront, interrupt, or prevent violence. The training is for men and women from the general community. The workshop develops skills for concrete options you can safely use in a range of situations.

MVP doesn’t look at the men in the room as potential perpetrators. Nor does it see the women as potential victims or survivors. We are all bystanders.

MVP encourages non-violent bystander intervention to prevent violence, with an emphasis on gender-based violence.
Learn how to safely interrupt, diffuse, prevent, and confront this behaviour through facilitated discussions workshop participants are provided with concrete tools for confronting, interrupting and preventing this violence.

MVP challenges socialised behaviours that encourage individuals to be passive in confronting situations.  

It's a powerful free leadership program for the community.

Goals of MVP

Raise Awareness

Clearly communicate the level of the problem. We want to move beyond the sensationalised stories and focus on everyday people whose lives are being impacted.

Challenge Thinking

We’re not brainwashing; however, we push people to understand why they think like they do.

Open Dialogue

As facilitators, if we are doing most of the talking, then we have failed. We want to create a safe space for people to freely engage in these issues.

Inspire Leadership

Once we have the right group of people in the room, our job is to motivate them to make a difference.



We offer free workshops in communities around Tasmania.

Check out Try Booking for MVP workshops near you or contact us to register your interest.

Mentors in Violence Prevention Workshop - St Helens- Friday 5 May 2023Mentors in Violence Prevention Workshop - Deloraine - Friday 19 May 2023

The Hobart Women’s Shelter delivers MVP in partnership with Engender Equality, Women’s Health Tasmania, and the Women’s Legal Service Tasmania, and is supported by the Tasmanian Community Fund. The MVP Program is licensed through Boston University.

Hobart Women's Shelter provides safe, emergency accommodation and support to women and children affected by family violence and/or those experiencing homelessness.

If you or someone you know needs emergency accommodation, please call us on 03 6273 8455 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

For immediate assistance, Housing Connect is available on 1800 800 588, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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