University of Vermont

The Antiviolence Partnership

Secondary Education Grad Program

We Envision:

The creation of a safe, just and civil society.

Mission :

The Anti-Violence Partnership supports and sustains unified approaches within the community and the world to understand and change the existence and acceptance of violence, and works toward its prevention and elimination. The Partnership promotes, protects and enhances the quality of life of those victimized by a culture of violence .


The Partnership subscribes to the belief that safety is a fundamental human right and that violence is a violation of this right. This philosophy is translated into action through the current and potential

links between the scholars and staff at UVM, local and state agencies, and the global human rights and anti-violence community.

Our Understanding of Violence:

We understand violence as any individual or group-initiated action or inaction that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological abuse. This includes but is not limited to, threats of such acts, coercion, or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.

The causes and consequences of violence are complex and multi-faceted. Violence itself is multidimensional; it is biological, sociological, psychological, emotional, economic, environmental, and political. The interacting contexts of oppression contribute to and perpetuate violence in our society.

Our Values and Ethics:

The mission of the Partnership rests on the core values of safety, agency, restoration, accountability and justice. These values inform the following ethical principles:

  • to protect and advance the right to safety and to promote the community’s responsibility and capacity to ensure it
  • to place the interests of those who are endangered and victimized by violence above the Partnership’s own interests
  • to promote meaningful victim/survivor participation in defining safe and just practices
  • to hold Partnership practices and relationships to the same standards of accountability that it promotes for others
  • to pursue social and individual change

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