An action alert from the National Network to End Domestic Violence (http://www.nnedv.org)
Thank you! You helped us win reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) earlier this year, and victims everywhere are grateful for your activism.
But that success is being undermined by the sequester and by funding cuts that are rolling back our progress and jeopardizing the safety of victims.
Please take a minute to call on Congress to fund domestic violence programs and services at the full amount that Congress set for them when it passed the funding legislation – which for VAWA was just this year! Members need to hear that too many programs lack the resources they need to provide basic, essential services, and too many victims are left with nowhere to turn.
FACT: In one 24-hour period, U.S. domestic violence programs provided services to 64,324 victims and their children. However, on that same day, over 10,470 requests for services went unmet due to a lack of funding and resources. This unconscionable gap must be remedied, and we urge you to take action now.
Victims and their children need emergency shelter, crisis intervention, protection orders, legal advice, advocacy, and other supportive services. At their most vulnerable time — leaving a violent situation, seeking help — it is unacceptable that victims of abuse are turned away because of budget cuts.
Please send a message to your Members of Congress urging them to support full funding for VAWA and the other critical programs that address domestic violence. I know I can count on you to act now.
For peace and safety, Kim Gandy President & CEO, NNEDVNo Comments »
If you have not already registered for the 2014 Stop Violence Against Women Day, please click HERE to register.
Tools to prepare you for Stop Violence Against Women Day
GCADV, in collaboration with the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, Men Stopping Violence, Caminar Latino, and Raksha, has created the following videos in order to better prepare you and your team for Stop Violence Against Women Day! Please take time to watch each video and review the documents prior to the event.
Video credits (in order of appearance):
Video 1: How a Bill Becomes a Law
Document to accompany Video 1: How a Bill is Passed in the Georgia Legislature
Video 2: How to Influence Your Legislators
Video 3: The Nuts and Bolts of Visiting the Capitol
Document to accompany Video 3: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about legislative advocacy
Weblink to accompany Video 3: Find your state legislators
Video 4a: 2014 Legislation / Intro to role plays of meetings with legislators
Video 4b: Role play #1 – Neutral legislator, but very busy
Video 4c: Role play #2 – Supportive legislator
Video 4d: Role play #3 – Unsupportive legislator
Video 4e: Role play wrap-up and Conclusion
Prolonged Government Shutdown Continues to Threaten Services for Victims
What is your Congressperson doing to keep shelters and rape crisis centers open?
The House seems no nearer to passing a bill to reopen the government than before. Progress is stalled in Congress and we need every voice in your state to call for Congress to work quickly to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling.
Tell your Congressperson to tell House leadership: “Open the government and end the shutdown now. The country’s domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers cannot access the funding they need to help victims. These lifesaving services will close down unless you vote now to end the shutdown and lift the debt ceiling with no conditions.”
Congress finally passed a bipartisan, inclusive reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act just a few months ago. It was hard work, but in the end they put partisan politics aside and did what was right for victims across the country. Now the House has to agree to move forward on another bipartisan, inclusive bill to reopen government and lift the debt ceiling. Tell your Congressperson that if this is not done, the crucial work that VAWA authorized will not be available in your state to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
ACTION ITEM 1: CALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES & URGE THEM TO VOTE TO END THE SHUTDOWN
Find phone numbers for Representatives HERE
When you’re connected to their offices, say (or leave a message saying):
1) I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _____________.
2) Please tell Representative _________ to vote to re-open the government and lift the debt ceiling, with no conditions. The shutdown is placing domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers in serious danger of closing, leaving victims with nowhere to turn for safety and support.
3) The House must move to a vote in order to ensure that life-saving services will continue to be available to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
ACTION ITEM 2: TWEET REPRESENTATIVES TO SAY #JUSTVOTE
Here are the Twitter handles for Georgia’s U.S. Representatives:
Rep. John Barrow @repjohnbarrow
Rep. Sanford Bishop @SanfordBishop
Rep. Paul Broun @RepPaulBrounMD
Rep. Doug Collins @RepDougCollins
Rep. Phil Gingrey @RepPhilGingrey
Rep. Tom Graves @RepTomGraves
Rep. Hank Johnson @RepHankJohnson
Rep. Jack Kingston @JackKingston
Rep. John Lewis @repjohnlewis
Rep. Tom Price @RepTomPrice
Rep. Austin Scott @AustinScottGA08
Rep. David Scott @repdavidscott
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland @RepWestmoreland
Rep. Rob Woodall @votewoodall
.@[handle] The #shutdown is hurting #DV & #SA victims & programs. #JustVote to open govt & lift debt ceiling with no conditions.
For more information, fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates: www.4vawa.org.
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Georgia’s rate of 1.58 per 100,000 came out in the study, “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data,” which is released each year as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October by the Washington-based Violence Policy Center. The study is available for download on their website.
“The sad reality is that women are nearly always murdered by someone they know,” said VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Already, many elected officials and community leaders are working tirelessly to reduce the toll of domestic violence. Yet despite these efforts, the numbers remain unacceptably high. We need new policies in place from local communities to the federal government to protect women from harm.”
The 10 states with the highest rates of women murdered by men were in descending order South Carolina, Alaska, Oklahoma, Delaware, Arizona, Tennessee, Idaho, West Virginia, Louisiana, and New Mexico, according to the study.
“Nine women each week are shot to death by their husband or intimate partner,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “That’s nearly 500 domestic gun violence deaths each year — more than twice the number of servicewomen killed in military conflicts since the Korean War. We urgently need better policies that protect women and their families from this senseless violence. No American, adult or child, should live in a perpetual state of fear. It’s inhumane.”No Comments »
Find your members of Congress HERE
While the state legislative session is over, the 113th Congress is in full swing! There are several policy issues being decided which directly affect survivors of domestic violence and their children. Please take time to contact your members of Congress with the following messages:
Find your state legislators HERE.
Click HERE to access our Legislative Reports for the latest news on what’s going on at the Georgia State Capitol. ***updated for 2013 legislative session***
For statistics on services provided by Georgia’s state-certified domestic violence and sexual assault programs in 2013, click here.No Comments »
Background: We all know that domestic violence can be complicated and that when it comes to what DV policy should be adopted, victims’ voices trump. Immigrant victims and survivors have told us that they, like every other DV victim, want help and system interventions—but also like every other DV victim—interventions that actually work for them! Vitter 1330 does not work for victims.No Comments »
GCADV is committed to ending domestic violence in Georgia. We do this through:
As GCADV commits to end domestic violence, we hope you as an individual will do the same by partaking in one of the several activities we have identified that you can do within your community, place of work and/or worship to raise awareness about domestic violence. We encourage you to partner with your local domestic violence program and reach out to us for additional information and support.
For a listing of events taking place around Georgia, click here.
The 2012 Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project Annual Report discusses gaps in the community’s response to domestic violence and put forth recommendations for change in services, resources, policies, practices, information, collaboration, and training.
Georgia’s unfortunate distinction is to be ranked 10th nationally for the rate at which men kill women in single-victim homicides. Georgia has ranked among the top 20 states in this category for all 13 years the study has been conducted and among the top 10 for seven of those years.
This year’s report focuses on the complexity of domestic violence and the importance of taking a holistic approach to victim services. Some domestic violence cases do escalate to homicide with no prior involvement with the criminal justice system or social service agencies; however, our report reveals that victims and perpetrators of domestic violence more often interact with a variety of systems and agencies in the years leading up to the homicide. Unfortunately, the systems in place to respond to victims and perpetrators usually provide a single focus response and do not address the complex nature of this problem. Issues that frequently co-occur with or compound domestic violence go unresolved, leading to missed opportunities to address the life experiences of domestic violence victims and the barriers they face.
We encourage communities and service providers to develop partnerships and work to provide victims of domestic violence with comprehensive support that addresses all of the challenges they face in achieving safety.
Click here to read the report.No Comments »
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Announces
New Executive Director
DECATUR, GEORGIA (25 March 2013)—The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) announced today the appointment of Jan Christiansen as its next Executive Director. GCADV provides quality support, comprehensive training, and legislative advocacy for domestic violence agencies, advocates, and communities statewide.
Ms. Christiansen has extensive experience in the field of domestic violence and knows GCADV and the Georgia community well. She has served as the Associate Director for GCADV since 2009 and filled the Interim Executive Director role since December 2012.
“I am delighted to be joining GCADV as its next Executive Director,” Christiansen said. “I have enjoyed serving as both the Associate Director and the Interim Executive Director, and fully understand the challenges that lie before us. With those challenges we also have unique opportunities over the next few years to work with our wonderful members and allies to increase capacity on best practices for serving domestic violence survivors and to advocate for legislation that increases safety for survivors and sustainability of domestic violence programs that provide vital services in their local communities. I feel privileged to have the chance to work for an organization and with people who are passionate about making a difference for domestic violence survivors and their communities.”
“We are very grateful to former Executive Director Nicole Lesser for GCADV’s achievements during her tenure. We are thus fortunate, and greatly pleased, to have recruited an exceptional leader and manager as her successor. Moreover, by turning to an invested staff member who has already held a leadership role, we will ensure consistency and a smooth transition,” said Amy Weaver, current President of the GCADV Board of Directors.
GCADV is the federally recognized source for expertise and training on the issue of domestic violence in Georgia. GCADV’s intent and constant focus is on recognizing the correlation between domestic violence, poverty, race, mental health, disability, immigration status and more. As the clearinghouse for domestic violence organizations throughout Georgia, GCADV looks for solutions that acknowledge the dynamic, complex, and interconnected nature of the work that we do.
Ms. Christiansen spent the first part of her career at local domestic violence organizations in Florida and Vermont, holding senior leadership positions before moving to Georgia to work with GCADV. Ms. Christiansen has previously held two Executive Director positions: Executive Director of Micah’s Place in Nassau County Florida from 2003-2007 and Executive Director of Women Helping Battered Women in Burlington, Vermont from 2008-2009. Ms. Christiansen began her career in the Domestic Violence Movement in 1995 at Shelter House in Fort Walton Beach, Florida where she worked in various roles helping battered women until 2003.
Nicole Lesser, former Executive Director, welcomed the appointment. “Jan Christiansen has been a dedicated and highly effective staff leader, and it is a great pleasure to know the board has chosen someone who is highly committed and experienced. She is the ideal person to take the organization into the next stage of its development.”
Ms. Christiansen brings a wealth of senior management and domestic violence movement experience to this role. Jan Christiansen will fill the position immediately.No Comments »