Violence continues to be a serious problem that plagues our country, particularly urban communities. After some modest declines in recent years, Philadelphia’s rate of violent crime is again increasing. Out of the nation’s 10 largest cities, Philadelphia’s homicide rate is the worst with 324 homicides occuring in 2011. The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) is the only organization in Philadelphia whose mission is to reduce the entire cycle of violence by providing intervention, prevention, and support programs.
AVP was founded 30 years ago as a support group for families who had lost a loved one to murder. AVP’s original program, Families of Murder Victims (FMV), quickly became a valuable support for co-victims of homicide by offering court accompaniment, advocacy and support.
Today, The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia is a unique organization helping children and youth resolve conflict nonviolently, while assisting victims and their families to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of violence. Our mission is to end the cycle of violence in Philadelphia through comprehensive and collaborative programs in local communities. To find out how to help, visit our donate and get involved pages.