Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia

Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia

Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia
Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia
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Coping with Tragedy

Learn how to manage stress and talk with your children about tragedy
We here at AVP want to acknowledge and offer our condolences to all of the victims, survivors, friends and families of the recent violence in schools. It is our daily experience to serve families who experience sudden loss at the hands of violence.  We witness each day the profound cost of homicide for the families we serve, the intense pain that runs parallel to traumatic loss, and the strength it takes for co-victims to invest in their new reality.

For those who are living with traumatic grief, tragic events may elicit a re-experiencing of their personal tragedies. It is common for individuals, both children and adults to experience overwhelming feelings as a part of living with trauma. We have included several links listed below to help adults and children cope with a traumatic event.

Talking with your children about the tragedy:

Managing Traumatic Stress After a Traumatic Event:

Philadelphia is deeply affected by violence; it plagues our streets, our homes, and our schools, it burdens families and children.  As an agency we are working each day to prevent and respond to the public health epidemic of violence in our community. We understand that those affected by violence here in Philadelphia may re-experience their personal tragedies after hearing about the losses in the media. We hope that the above guides will help with your experience but if you are seeking further help, please call us at 215-567-6776.
Category: Family Shade Member, Advocacy, Education, & Support,Family, Community & Civic Organizations
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 occurring 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.
"AVP really helped my daughter deal with deaths she endured. Molly S. was a wonderful person!"
- Nikia S., Facebook