AVA aims

Introducing AVA

AVA (Against Violence & Abuse), formerly GLDVP, was formed on 12 April 2010.

AVA is an expert, groundbreaking and independent charity working across the UK.

Our vision

  • A world without gender based violence and abuse.

Our mission

  • To inspire innovation and collaboration and encourage and enable direct service providers to help end gender based violence and abuse particularly against women and girls.

Our guiding principles

  • Survivors are at the heart of everything we do.
  • As a feminist organisation, we understand that ending violence and abuse means challenging societal attitudes in order to change the behaviour of individual perpetrators.
  • AVA is a fiercely independent organisation. We are informed by the lived experience of survivors, robust evidence and a passion for equality.
  • We can make more of a difference in partnership than alone. We all have a responsibility to work together to end gender based violence, particularly against women and girls.

How we make a difference

AVA’s work is focused around those areas where we can make the best contribution to ending violence and abuse. We do this by

  • Making sure that survivors get the help and support they need in the here and now, through
    • providing innovative training that has a proven direct impact on the professional practice of people supporting survivors of violence and abuse
    • developing a range of toolkits, e-learning and other material that supports professionals to provide effective and appropriate support to survivors of violence and abuse
    • using our influence and networks to ensure survivors voices are heard.
  • Working towards a future where the lives of women and girls are not blighted by gender based violence and abuse by
    • working with children and young people to play our part in raising a generation against violence and abuse
    • innovative and award winning work on prevention – because violence against women and girls, although widespread, is not inevitable
    • enhancing society’s ability to end violence and abuse by carrying out innovative and practical research that fills the gaps in our understanding.

Visit AVA project website for more information.