For Immediate Release:
March 5, 2012
Majority Whip Edward Lindsey Denounces 108 Deaths
Georgia Domestic Violence Deaths Examined, Progress Reported
WHAT: House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, Judge Peggy Walker, and Dr. Mesha Ellis will issue the Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report. With Georgia 6th in the nation for men killing women, the speakers will discuss recent domestic violence homicides and will share how Georgia is changing for the better. Rep. Lindsey will highlight HB 711, which awaits hearing in the Senate.
WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2012, 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Rotunda, Atlanta, GA
WHO: House Majority Leader Edward Lindsey; Judge Peggy Walker, Juvenile Court Judge of Douglas County and Chair of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence; and Dr. Mesha Ellis, Board Member of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Assistant Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine.
WHY: In two months, over 20 people have died because of domestic violence in Georgia. Last year, 108 Georgians died because of this epidemic. The Fatality Review Report offers solutions to current gaps in services as well as ideas for the prevention of these unnecessary tragedies.
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS, at 12:50 p.m.:
– House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey
– Judge Peggy Walker
– Nicole Lesser, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
– Greg Loughlin, Executive Director, Georgia Commission on Family Violence