Alternatives to Violence (ATV) was founded in 1979 by Alyce LaViolette as a program of WomenShelter, a refuge for battered women and their children in Long Beach, California. In 1984, the program moved into a private practice with the same philosophy and format as it had when affiliated with the shelter. Our goal is to facilitate the end of violence in intimate relationships and work toward the safety of battered persons.
ATV is a non-residential counseling program in Long Beach and West Los Angeles for the survivors and perpetrators of abuse as well as other victims of crime and trauma. Our services include community education as well as professional training programs on such topics as:
- Partner abuse
- Clinical work with battered women
- Clinical work with abusers
- Negotiating anger in the workplace
- Assessment of dangerousness
- Violence in gay and lesbian relationships