Metro Atlanta Domestic Violence Organizations Unite to Honor Victims, Survivors During 12th Annual “Silent No More” Candlelight Vigil Oct. 24
ATLANTA – Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV), Securus House and International Women’s House have joined together to host the 12th Annual “Silent No More” Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, Oct. 24 in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Free and open to the public, the vigil will take place at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will honor the women, men and families who have been silenced by their batterers as well as those who have broken their silence to take a stance against domestic violence.
Typically hosted by PADV alone, this marks the first time domestic violence programs in metro Atlanta have come together for this annual event. “By working together, we hope to raise a greater awareness in our community about this silent epidemic. Together we can raise a collective voice that calls for an end to domestic violence,” said Meagan Fulmer, president and CEO of PADV.
Metro Atlanta residents are invited to join this inspirational evening featuring stories from domestic violence survivors, a live performance by recording artist and radio host Darlene McCoy courtesy of Praise 102.5, light refreshments and the candlelight vigil.
Guests are encouraged to bring unused cell phones to donate to HopeLine®, Verizon’s national recycling program that collects no-longer-used wireless devices and accessories – from any carrier, in any condition –to be refurbished and recycled and/or sold with all proceeds benefitting victims of domestic violence.
The 12th Annual “Silent No More” Candlelight Vigil counts on the support of community partners Judicial Correction Services and The Office of the Fulton County Solicitor General Victim Services, as well as the sponsorship of Verizon Wireless and Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.
“Despite the best efforts of PADV and the District Attorney’s Office, domestic violence remains a serious problem,” said Howard. “According to the most recent Domestic Violence Fatality Review, approximately 9% of the total number of domestic violence related deaths inGeorgiaoccurred inFultonCounty. Countless other victims suffer in silence every day. It is my sincere hope that our collaborative efforts will give voice to their struggle, educate, empower, raise awareness, and ultimately eradicate this vicious cycle of abuse.”
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The purpose is to celebrate survivors, remember and honor those killed as a result of domestic violence, and to connect communities working to eliminate the issue of intimate partner violence. Since then, community support and prevention programs have come together during the month of October to host similar events.
Reservations for the event are strongly encouraged. Free event registration is available online at http://padv.org/candlelight-vigil.
PADV is the largest and one of the oldest nonprofit domestic violence agencies in Georgia. Serving metro Atlantasince 1975, PADV helps to transform the lives of approximately 18,000 women and children every year through emergency intervention, violence prevention and long-term advocacy. PADV’s mission is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors. Visit padv.org or follow PADV on Facebook and Twitter.
Georgia Coalition against Domestic Violence (GCADV)
Guided by the voices of survivors, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence brings together member agencies, allied organizations and supportive individuals who are committed to ending domestic violence. It works to create social change by addressing the root causes of this violence, leading advocacy efforts for responsive public policy, and fostering quality, comprehensive prevention and intervention services throughout the state. Visit gcadv.org.
About Securus House
For the last twenty-six years, The Clayton County Association Against Family Violence Inc., aka Securus House, has provided shelter, support, counseling and advocacy for victims of family violence in ClaytonCountyand the surrounding Metro Atlanta counties. Through a broad range of programs in the community, Securus House addresses the individual needs of victims by providing support services to help victims become self-sufficient. Visit www.securushouse.org.
International Women’s House
Since 1997 International Women’s House has been dedicated to the survival and progress of all women. International Women’s House provides a safe haven and supportive services for immigrant and refugee women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse with a focus on cultural sensitivity and self-sufficiency. The shelter does not discriminate in its acceptance policies. For more information, visit http://www.internationalwomenshouse.org.
About Intimate Partner Violence in Georgia
Intimate partner violence is widespread. In 2010, there were 130 domestic violence-related homicides inGeorgia, a five percent increase over the previous year.Georgiais ranked 6th in the nation for its rate of men killing women. One in four women will experience intimate partner violence. According to the CDC, domestic violence costs more than $8.3 billion annually through increased health care costs.