Mentors In Violence Prevention
In November of 2006, MVP was named Program of the Year in the state of New Hampshire by NASPA, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Peer Education Program
The 2012-2013 MVP Team
Invite MVP to Present in your Class, Club or OrganizationIf you know of an opportunity for MVP to present, please let us know. Programs can be customized to fit most venues. We don't lecture. We strive for interaction and discussion. For more information email or call MVP Co-Advisor Forrest Seymour, (358-2047).
Make a request for an MVP program online
You may also place a request for an MVP Peer Educaition program by using our online form.
What happens in a program?
Intimate Partner Violence (also called domestic violence or battering) is one of our most requested topics. In addition to talking about emotional, verbal, sexual, and physical abuse, MVP leaders also show the Cycle of Abuse and may illustrate this with a short movie clip.
A short movie clip is also sometimes used with another often-requested program, Alcohol and Consent. The discussion centers around questions like, what is consent and how does alcohol use affect one's ability to give consent?
Other topics we have presented: homophobia, gender and language, sexual harassment, sexual assault/rape (with less focus on alcohol).
What is MVP?
MVP offers programs that motivate students to be leaders in solving problems that have historically been considered "women's issues": rape, battering, and sexual harassment.
Using a unique "bystander approach," MVP approaches students, not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as engaged bystanders who can confront abusive peers.
What do we mean by a "Bystander?"
Our program focuses on men's violence against women, because statistics tell us that that is the most prevalent form of abuse. However, we are not out to blame men for sexual violence, or to preach to them about it! This program approaches audiences as potential bystanders who can help others; not as potential violent offenders or as potential victims.
Who can be involved in MVP?
Currently, our members are male and female first years through seniors; some are athletes; some are on student government; some are RAs; some are in other clubs and organizations. We're looking for people from all over campus.
How do I join?
Training & Committment
After that, we meet every Monday from 6 to 7pm to do business, debrief programs we've done recently, and keep up our training on the issues.
The number of presentations you do depends on your schedule and willingness to get out there, but it's typically no more than one every couple of weeks.