The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

11th Annual Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project Report

Posted on: 03.23.15

The Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence issued Georgia’s 2014 Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report. These statewide agencies have coordinated the Fatality Review Project since it began in 2004. They work with local teams to review domestic violence-related deaths to learn how Georgia can respond more effectively and prevent more fatalities from occurring. The Report analyzes domestic violence homicides in the state and provides recommendations that hold tremendous potential to significantly impact the lives of victims of domestic violence with the objective of lowering homicide rates. Over the past 11 years, the Project has reviewed over 100 domestic violence-related deaths.

The 2014 Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report showcases innovative work being done in our state to address recommendations made in previous years. In the Report, highlighted communities, partnerships and programs share their process of designing and implementing programs and initiatives and how they overcame hardships. The Report is divided into the following 10 areas and are supported by key findings from reviewed cases: Children Exposed to Domestic Violence; Teen Dating Violence; Economic Abuse; the Role of the Criminal Legal System; Civil Protective Orders and the Courts; Firearms and Domestic Violence Fatalities; Family, Friends, and the Faith Community; Detachment, Separation, and the Risks of Leaving; the Suicide-Homicide Connection; and Barriers to Accessing Services.

Some of the main findings include:

Georgia holds the unfortunate distinction of ranking 9th in the nation for men killing women in single-victim homicides, most of which are domestic violence murders, according to a study conducted by the Violence Policy Center. Over the past 11 years, the Project has recorded the deaths of over 1,400 Georgians due to domestic violence. In 2014, 117 deaths of Georgians due to domestic violence were recorded. Already, at least 30 people in Georgia have lost their lives in 2015 due to domestic violence.

In response to these numbers, Holly Tuchman, Chair of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, stated, “We have a lot to be proud of in our state, but there is still a lot of progress to be made. We hope communities are encouraged by the initiatives highlighted in the Report and are inspired to get involved. Everyone – judges, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, state legislators, private attorneys, advocates, faith leaders, employers, and all citizens in Georgia – has a role to play in ending domestic violence.”

Jan Christiansen, Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, urges readers to view the Report as a call to action, “The findings from fatality reviews over the last 11 years are compelling, as is the innovative work being done in our communities. We must work together to address the issue of domestic violence and we must do things differently to reach victims of domestic violence and their families.”

To access the report for free online, please go to www.georgiafatalityreview.com. For more information about the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, visit www.gcadv.org, and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, visit www.gcfv.org.

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Saturday, May 9 at Piedmont Park – Register today!

Posted on: 03.17.15

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Date: Saturday,  May 9, 2015

Time: 8:00 am

Event Description: 5K run or walk

Location: Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA

Registration Fees:

$25 early registration (through April 30, 2015)

$30 registration (through May 9, 2015)

 Your registration fee includes:

T-shirt

swag bag

REGISTER HERE!

 

Do you want to have fun?  Do you like to run?

Join the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) as they host their first Race for Empowerment 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, May 9th.  Participants will enjoy the scenery of Atlanta’s Piedmont Park and the satisfaction of contributing to a worthy cause. GCADV is a nonprofit 501(c).  Every dollar raised directly supports their work to prevent domestic violence.   Prizes will be awarded to the top three runners.

Once you’ve registered, help us spread the word and let folks know why you are participating in the Race for Empowerment.  Print these message sheets, write your message, and share a photo on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #whyirace or #whyivolunteer and #gcadv.

About GCADV

GCADV envisions a Georgia free of domestic violence. We empower survivors and the programs that serve them, educate the public, and advocate for responsive public policy. Our strength is in numbers, as we collaborate throughout Georgia to stop domestic violence.

GCADV supports this mission by increasing the capacity of its member programs and service providers which leads to the enhancement of quality services for victims, mobilizing programs and communities statewide to fine-tune public policy development which helps victims and prevents domestic violence, and by educating the public to take action and prevent domestic violence.

Why Race to Empower?

Your participation in the Race to Empower aids GCADV in continuing its mission towards a Georgia free of domestic violence. Runners and walkers are encouraged to wear purple to show support for the movement to end domestic violence.

Join as a Team.

We encourage our Member Programs and others to join as a team.  As a team of a Member Program, you’ll help raise money for your Coalition and will receive separate recognition and bragging rights as a member program for the top three running/walk slots.

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The Revolution of Love Concert Benefitting GCADV

Posted on: 01.13.15

 

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February 14, 2015

8 pm to 10 pm

Synchronicity Theatre

One Peachtree Pointe
1545 Peachtree ST NE, #102
Atlanta, GA 30309
www.synchrotheatre.com

Performances by:
Awalim Dance
The Pacha Mamas
HymnLike Maneuver, “absurd gospel meets pop soulfulness!”
Playmaking for Girls (Synchronicity Theatre)
Imani Evans, performance poet
Soulprint Players

A One Billion Rising Event by RootsProductions.org

GCADV is a 501(c)3 and 100% of your purchase price is tax deductible!

Tickets: $15 in advance ($20 at the door) with proceeds benefiting the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.




 

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GCADV Position Announcement: Development and Communications Manager

Posted on: 01.13.15

Organization Overview: The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) is located in Decatur, Georgia and is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to creating social change and eliminating domestic violence in the lives of all Georgia citizens through providing quality support, comprehensive training, and legislative advocacy for domestic violence agencies, advocates, and communities statewide.  You can learn more about GCADV at www.gcadv.org.

This is primarily a fundraising and resource development position

Job Overview: Under the guidance and direction of the Executive Director, this position is responsible for the following:

Candidate Qualities: We will consider candidates with varying levels of experience, though the ideal candidate will have:

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. GCADV offers excellent benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, retirement match, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

Start Date: February 2015.

To Apply: Email a cover letter and a resume with your qualifications and salary requirements to GCADVDCM@gmail.com by the close of business on Friday, January 30, 2015. We will accept applications only by e-mail. NO PHONE CALLS.  All applications will be kept strictly confidential.

Equal Opportunity: GCADV is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including but not limited: to people of color, people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence.

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GCADV Position Announcement: Development and Communications Manager

Posted on: 11.25.14

Organization Overview: The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) is located in Decatur, Georgia and is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to creating social change and eliminating domestic violence in the lives of all Georgia citizens through providing quality support, comprehensive training, and legislative advocacy for domestic violence agencies, advocates, and communities statewide.  You can learn more about GCADV at www.gcadv.org.

Job Overview: Under the guidance and direction of the Executive Director, this position is responsible for managing and implementing GCADV’s Development and Communications activities and contributing to organizational activities.

Candidate Qualities: We will consider candidates with varying levels of experience, though the ideal candidate will have:

Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. GCADV offers excellent benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, retirement match, and generous vacation, leave, and holidays.

Start Date: January 2015.

To Apply: Email a cover letter and a resume with your qualifications and salary requirements to GCADVDCM@gmail.com by the close of business on Friday, December 12, 2015. We will accept applications only by e-mail.

NO PHONE CALLS.  All applications will be kept strictly confidential.

Equal Opportunity: GCADV is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including but not limited: to people of color, people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence.

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#IAMAGAMECHANGER CAMPAIGN

Posted on: 10.10.14

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#IAMAGAMECHANGER CAMPAIGN 

Goals:

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Join the campaign beginning October 15, 2014 to change the conversation around ending violence against women.

This fall, GCADV and Saving Our Daughters want YOU to share how you are being a game changer in your community, spreading the message that valuing women and girls is important, violence against women and girls is unacceptable, and holding individuals accountable for acts of violence is important.

Share your message using the hash tag #IAmAGameChanger on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GCADV or on Twitter @gcadv.

Use our handy printable template HERE (English) and HERE (Spanish).

 

 

 

 

But wait, it doesn’t stop there.  Join us in carrying the campaign all the way to the 16th Annual Stop Violence Against Women Day at the Georgia Capitol on February 3, 2015!

 

2015 SVAWD Registration template

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GCADV releases its 2013 annual report

Posted on: 08.05.14

GCADV has released its 2013 Annual Report.  The Report highlights our work during the July 2012-June 2013 fiscal year.

Please read the full report HERE.

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In the Trenches Award

Posted on: 06.24.14

Submit your nominations today!

GCADV is pleased to release the 2014 “In the Trenches Award” application.  Each year, GCADV acknowledges workers on the front lines in their efforts to end domestic violence.  The “In the Trenches Award” recognizes one front-line advocate whose leadership goes beyond the ordinary to demonstrate extraordinary dedication to safety and justice for domestic violence survivors. 

The award recipient will be announced at the 2014 Georgia Commission on Family Violence Conference in Jekyll Island, GA.  Please click on the link below to download the official nomination form.  All nominations are due by July 10, 2014. 

Download form here.

All nominees will receive a letter of recognition from GCADV acknowledging their hard work and dedication to advocacy on the front-lines.Additionally, nominees will be informed of your nomination submission on their behalf.  If you prefer your submission remain anonymous, please note this information in the application.

Selection of final nominees is made by a review panel of GCADV staff and Board members.

Nominees are chosen from the following criteria:

A) In the last year, nominee has worked in Georgia advocating with domestic violence survivors.

B) The nominee has been effective in her/his work to increase survivor safety and batterer accountability.

C) Nominee has surpassed and gone beyond barriers to accomplish safety nad justice for domestic violence survivors.

 

 

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Domestic Violence Counts: Census 2013 Report

Posted on: 03.14.14

For Immediate Release:  March 6, 2014
Contact for GCADV: Jan Christiansen, 404-209-0280
Contact for NNEDV: Monica McLaughlin, 202-543-5566

 

NATIONWIDE SURVEY REVEALS URGENT NEED FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE PROVIDERS

 

Nearly 66,000 Domestic Violence Victims Helped On a Single Day, But Almost 10,000 Requests for Help Go Unanswered

 

Georgia – March 6, 2014 – Today, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) released a new research report that found, in a single 24-hour period, more than 66,000 victims of domestic violence received help and support from service organizations in the United States, yet nearly 10,000 more who needed assistance could not be helped due to a lack of adequate resources.

In Georgia, 1975 victims received services in that 24-hour period, but 248 could not be helped because local programs here in Georgia didn’t have sufficient resources, based on the survey data from 35 of the 50 identified domestic violence programs in Georgia that participated.

The report, “Domestic Violence Counts 2013: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services,” examined a random day – September 17, 2013 – and collected information from 1649 domestic violence programs throughout the United States from midnight to midnight on that day.  It identifies needs that were met and unmet on that day and provides a snapshot of how budget cuts are affecting the staffing and resources of these organizations.

Key findings for Georgia include this 24-hour data from September 17, 2013

“Every day in this country, victims of domestic violence are bravely reaching out for help, and it’s essential that they have somewhere safe to go,” said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the NNEDV. “We have made so much progress toward ending violence and giving survivors avenues for safety. But continued program cuts jeopardize that progress and jeopardize the lives of victims.”

When nationwide program providers were asked what most likely happens when services are not available, 60% said the most likely outcome was that victims returned to their abusers, 27% said the victims become homeless, and 11% said that victims end up living in their cars.

The number of unmet needs is related to the financial resources of these programs. In 2013, 1,696 staff positions were cut nationwide due to funding reductions, an average of 1.2 staff per program across the country.  Of the staff that were cut in 2013, 70 percent were direct service positions, such as case managers, advocates, shelter staff, and child advocates.

Download the summary of Georgia findings at http://nnedv.org/downloads/Census/DVCounts2013/State_Summaries/DVCounts13_StateSummary_GA.pdf

Download the full “Domestic Violence Counts 2013” census report at http://www.nnedv.org/census

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About GCADV

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.

About NNEDV

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a 501(c)(3) social change organization, is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking no longer exist. As the leading voice for domestic violence victims and their allies, NNEDV members include all 56 of the state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, including over 2,000 local programs. NNEDV has been a premiere national organization advancing the movement against domestic violence for almost 25 years, having led efforts among domestic violence advocates and survivors in urging Congress to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit www.nnedv.org.

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10th Annual Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project Report

Posted on: 03.07.14

2013 Fatality Review

The 10th annual Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project Report is now available. Click the image to view the PDF version of the report.

 

Georgia Domestic Violence Deaths Examined, Progress Reported

 

On March 7, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence released the 2013 Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report. These statewide agencies have coordinated the Fatality Review Project since it began in 2004. They work with local teams to review domestic violence-related deaths to learn how Georgia can respond more effectively and prevent more fatalities from occurring. The Report analyzes domestic violence homicides in the state and provides recommendations for systems change with the objective of lowering homicide rates.

Now, with 10 years of data from nearly 100 fatality reviews, the 2013 Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report focuses on 10 key findings that hold tremendous potential to significantly impact the lives of victims of domestic violence. The 10 key findings discussed in depth in the report include Children Exposed to Domestic Violence; Teen Dating Violence; Economic Abuse; the Role of the Criminal Legal System; Civil Protective Orders and the Courts; Firearms and Domestic Violence Fatalities; Family, Friends, and the Faith Community; Detachment, Separation, and the Risks of Leaving; the Suicide-Homicide Connection; and Barriers to Accessing Services. Each finding is accompanied by case examples and recommendations for change.

Some of the main findings of the Report include:

Georgia holds the unfortunate distinction of ranking 12th in the nation for men killing women in single-victim homicides, most of which are domestic violence murders, according to a study conducted by the Violence Policy Center. Over the past 11 years, the Project has recorded the deaths of over 1,300 Georgians due to domestic violence. In 2013, we recorded the deaths of 116 Georgians due to domestic violence – 15 fewer deaths than in 2012. However, at least 14 people have already lost their lives this year due to domestic violence.

In response to these numbers, Judge Stephen Kelley, Chair of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, stated, “We are making a lot of progress in our state but we still have much to do. The recommendations in the Report can no longer remain words on a page. Everyone – judges, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, state legislators, private attorneys, advocates, faith leaders, employers, and all citizens in Georgia – has a role to play in in increasing victim safety and offender accountability.”

Jan Christiansen, Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, urges readers to view the Report as a call to action, “The findings from the last 10 years are compelling. They serve as a foundation from which we must build and repair our coordinated community efforts to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. We must work together to do things differently for Georgia citizens who are victims of domestic violence – their lives depend on it.”

If you or someone you know is being abused, there are community and statewide resources available to you. Call 1-800-33-HAVEN (voice/TTY), the toll-free, statewide, 24-hour hotline, for a confidential place to get help or find resources.

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