As a guy who used to RP when the RP scene was a lot more vibrant and now just kinda hangs with the remaining old farts who used to RP, it’s totally possible to do but very hard to find much content.
As for avoiding the PvP thing, or at least mitigating it as much as possible. I would recommend some things.
-Definitely train into covert ops ships.
-Definitely train into interceptors (some of them can fly through bubbles.)
-Watch local always, keep an eye on who’s around you.
-Don’t fly into nullsec/wormholes/lowsec unless you have something invisible or very fast (see Ceptors/CovOps)
-You can’t ALWAYS avoid PvP, people can suicide gank you even if you’re in 1.0 space.
-Insure your ship if it’s not faction/t2, you’ll get a lot of it’s value back, but the gear inside is usually a loss.
-Don’t fly haulers that cost more than maybe 100m. If you fly a Bestower loaded up with 750m in loot, then there’s no reason not to gank you, it’s economically wise.
Another thing to keep in mind, PvPers come in a few flavors.
-There’s the GudFites bros, who want to get 1v1s and fair fights and probably won’t be a problem for you if you’re just keeping your head down and hauling ass.
-There’s the SaltFarmers, they want to see you rage at them. They don’t care what you’re in, they’ll kill you. These guys gank, camp, whatever else… except get into fair fights. They can’t stand fair fights.
-Then there’s your typical Nullbear, LowBear, or Holebear. They will kill you because you’re in “their” space, and it’s nothing personal. They’re usually reasonable, but remember they dunno who you are, and they have assets on the field to protect. They probably won’t be merciful.
Staying away from risky areas is a good way to avoid pvp, highsec of course has CONCORD for security, and unless you disregard some of the above suggestions you probably won’t really run into any fights at all. But if you want to really earn ISK to plex your account or explore the cool parts of EVE, then you want to reach out to the nullsec and wormholes and even lowsec parts of the world. This definitely opens you up to PvP scenarios.
I think the biggest suggestion I have is probably to embrace the chance of PvP, manage your ISK so you can afford the loss, learn how to defend yourself a bit with a good teacher maybe? And fight when you have to.
Another thing to note, a lot of the safest parts of EVE is in nullsec. I personally can hang around my home region for hours and not run into anything but friends for hours. The previous poster must have had some weird experiences to list what he has. Feel free to hit me up in game (Deckhard Aura is my ingame name too.) and ask for more info. I’ve been around a long time, I like to PvP, but I also know how to avoid, maybe I can help teach you some tricks.