We are about one thing - preventing violence.
As healthcare professionals in Scotland we deal with the consequences of violence every day. But for us, treating the medical consequences of violence is not enough. We want to reduce the number of people and animals that end up in our surgeries, on our operating tables and in our treatment rooms because of violence that could have easily been prevented.
MAV aims to prevent violence before it happens. We do this in two ways, firstly using our experiences, we can help young people stay safe by giving them an understanding of the consequences of violence and how to avoid it and we do this through our school programmes. Secondly we provide training for healthcare professionals and others to help them use their expertise to support victims of domestic abuse.
All the medics who take part in the school programmes are volunteers and come from all sorts of healthcare backgrounds, they include doctors, dentists, nurses and paramedics, from all grades junior to senior. There is strength in diversity-we've all seen the consequences of violence from a slightly different perspective and are determined to reduce violence in Scotland.
MAV was started with and has continued to be supported by funding from the Scottish Government and we share with them the common aim of violence prevention for a safer Scotland.
MAV works in partnership with the Scottish national Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) and is affiliated with the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance. We are also part of the Scottish Government's No Knives Better Lives programme.