Mothers Against Violence was formed in Manchester in 1999, during a spate of incidents involving violent crime. Since the 1980s, Manchester was affected by increasing levels of gun crime. The gun crime epidemic reached a peak in 1999, when three young black males belonging to one Manchester community were murdered within a week. A group of mothers of those affected by the incidents rallied together, to take a stand against gun crime. As a result, Mothers Against Violence was born. Since its establishment, Mothers Against Violence provides mentoring support, educational awareness of gun crime and knife crime, while also offering counselling, workshops and outreach campaigning.
Making Children and Young People Matter (MCYPM)
Mothers Against Violence primarily work with young people, to ensure for them a life free from gun and knife crime. The charity’s services extend across Manchester, mainly reaching out to children and young people. With a team of qualified professional staff, Mothers Against Violence has supported the government’s Every Child Matters initiative since 2003. Also, parents of the most disadvantaged children are supported by the charity’s two evidence-based parenting practitioners. Following substantial cuts to the public service sector in 2011, parenting support has dwindled in the Manchester area. MAV has sought to bridge this gap with the services it provides through its MCYPM programme.
At its height, the gun murder spree in Manchester caused the city to be referred to as Gunchester. As gangs roamed the streets, armed to the teeth and apparently increasingly trigger happy, the victims of violent crime and gun crime were scared into silence. Out of fear of the gangs, the public were too scared to talk to the police and remained unforthcoming even with Victim Support services. MAV, run by groups of those similarly affected, stepped in with their Active Community Counselling and Emotional Support Service programme, the ACCESS Programme. Reaching out to victims of crime, the ACCESS Programme became a vital means for victims to support law enforcement in ridding Manchester’s streets of gangs and violent crime.