and Violence in Rural Communities, by Harold W. McSwain, Response,
June 2000. From abuse of children, spouses and the elderly to
defiance of the government as took place in Oklahoma City, Okla.,
five years ago, violence and hate in town and rural places has
multiple causes. On the personal and family level, violence stems
from stress related to poverty, crowded housing, hunger, inadequate
medical care, poor education and training for work, loss of property,
The Alternatives to
Violence Project (AVP) is an international association of
community based groups and prison based groups offering experiential
workshops in personal growth and creative conflict management.
The national organization provides support for the work of local
groups They teach the same non-violent skills and techniques that
were used by Mohandas Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Their
workshop targets are: prisons, communities, and schools.
National Association for Community