The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc. (GCADV) brings together member agencies, allied organizations and supportive individuals who are committed to ending domestic violence. Guided by the voices of survivors, we work to create social change by addressing the root causes of this violence. GCADV leads advocacy efforts for responsive public policy and fosters quality, comprehensive prevention and intervention services throughout the state.
Empowerment and Self Determination: We believe in the right to have control over one’s body, mind and spirit.
Safety: We believe in the right to live free from abuse and violence and the fear of violence.
Diversity and Equality: We believe in the strength of diversity and value differences among ourselves and within our communities. We believe in the equality of all and in individual human rights regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, immigration status, age, gender identity/expression, marital status, sexual preference/orientation, pregnancy, medical condition, disability, veteran’s or military status, or any other protected characteristic under the law.
Survivor-Centered Response: We believe in the critical importance of a highly effective statewide coordinated network of survivor-centered services for those affected by domestic violence.
Social Change and Collaboration: We believe in the power to effect broad social change through individual and collective action. We affirm the power of collaborative efforts organizationally, systemically and globally. We believe in a commitment to be visionary and forward-thinking in addressing the needs of survivors.
Systems Accountability: We believe that social systems and institutions should be held accountable for ending the behaviors, practices, mores and other conditions that foster domestic and sexual violence, and to honoring the rights of survivors to justice, safety and healing.
Commitment to Nonviolence: We believe in showing a commitment to nonviolence through speech and actions that promote peace. We believe in working against all abuse such as emotional, physical, sexual and financial, and for the removal of causes of violence and injustice including systemic poverty and oppression. We strive to live peacefully within our own community as we pursue a more just and non-violent world.
Confidentiality: We believe in the importance of upholding the confidentiality of sensitive organizational information and the right of every survivor to confidentiality in their communications with advocates.
Integrity: We believe in acting with integrity in all our dealings with one another, being truthful and honest and fair. We undertake all our commitments and responsibilities in good faith. We strive to take responsibility for our actions and decisions, and to hold each other mutually responsible for living in accordance with our principles and community agreements. We are careful and honest in our evaluations of others’ work, whether of colleagues, or co-workers.
Safe Space: We believe in sustaining a safe place for dialogue and sharing where a supportive atmosphere and cooperative spirit is developed and encouraged and where open and authentic communication such as empathic and non-judgmental listening, constructive feedback, mutual problem-solving and equal respect for all participants are the norms.
Responsibility to Mission and Team: We believe in integrity, ethical accountability and responsible caretaking of all organizational resources. We believe in the commitment to “Team”. We believe that the success of our organizational mission is achieved through the success of its individuals. We support each team member in their right to loyalty, honor, respect and support.
Remembering and honoring the “Herstory” of the Movements: We believe in the importance of remembering the contributions of the movements to end battering, rape and all sexual assault and domestic violence and to honoring contributions of our foremothers in those movements.
Celebrate! We believe in celebration! We are committed to honoring our work, passion and commitment through openly giving and receiving appreciation, respect and honor. We are committed to cultivating the attributes of healthy individuals, team members, and team.
Being a coalition means working together for a common cause. We transform lives through three distinct programs.
Community Resources and Outreach
GCADV initiates contacts with community organizations in order to form relationships and collaborations around issues and projects impacting victims of domestic violence. Through this project, GCADV is involved with groups who address underserved populations and identify gaps in services areas.
This groundbreaking violence prevention initiative is designed to improve the health and safety of women and children through a coordinated public health initiative. GCADV works with Georgia Department of Community Health sites to find new ways to respond to and prevent domestic and sexual violence, and promote an improved public health response to abuse.
Statewide 24-Hour Toll-Free Domestic Violence Hotline
Georgia’s 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline is administered and marketed by GCADV to route calls to Georgia Certified shelters throughout the state.
The GCADV Economic Justice Program seeks to improve the economic well-being of survivors of domestic violence by building the capacity of member programs to address the economic needs of the victims they serve.
GCADV provides hundreds of technical assistance services to a wide variety of callers, such as executive directors, advocates, law enforcement, judges, faith-based programs, batterer intervention programs and others.
GCADV provides both on-site training to domestic violence programs as well as web-based training. The web-based courses increase access to continuing education for advocates who cannot attend “live” trainings.
GCADV serves as the administrator for transitional housing projects at three domestic violence programs in Georgia. These programs offer an opportunity for those they serve to participate for two years in order to gain independence and self-sufficiency while having the support of program staff and services.
GCADV’s Communications oversees press relations, publications, website, social networking, marketing and the tracking of Georgia’s domestic violence homicides reported in the media. The Remember My Name list is published by GCADV annually during October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to honor Georgia’s victims of domestic violence who have lost their lives.
The Fatality Review Project is a joint initiative of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. This project works with task forces throughout Georgia to facilitate a deep assessment of domestic violence fatalities and near fatalities in the communities in which they occurred in order to create systemic change that will prevent such deaths and near-fatalities in the future.
Legislative advocacy is used to educate and inform Georgia legislators. It helps legislators understand the layers and complexities of domestic violence, therefore enabling them to make informed decisions that can positively affect the safety of victims. GCADV impacts legislation and public policy through the creation and distribution of materials, in-person meetings, letter writing, emails, telephone contacts and public engagement campaigns such as Stop Violence Against Women Day which takes place annually at the Georgia Capitol.
Different than legislative advocacy, GCADV contracts with a lobbyist who is actively involved in the domestic violence movement. This lobbyist advocates with legislators for or against specific legislation that can positively or negatively impact victims of domestic violence, ensuring that victims are put into the equation when important issues are being decided at the legislative level.