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January 23, 2012
Stop Violence Against Women Day 2012
Everyone plays a role in ending violence against women
(Atlanta) In 2011, Georgia was named for having the 6th highest homicide rate in the nation for women killed by men. To address this troubling statistic, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence in collaboration with the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, Men Stopping Violence, and Raksha will be hosting the 13th annual Stop Violence Against Domestic Violence Day on February 2, 2012 at 8 a.m. at the State Capitol. This year’s event is being made possible with the support of Mary Kay, Inc., which provides financial support to organizations in Georgia and throughout the country that work to end violence against women. Stop Violence Against Women Day allows attendees to demand attention be paid to victims, ensure services are not impacted through budget cuts, and communicates the need for the state to be involved and vigilant in the quest to end domestic and sexual violence. Attendees will be provided breakfast and a legislative briefing and prep session at Central Presbyterian Church, after which they will be escorted to the Capitol to speak to their legislators. The event will close with an inspirational and powerful rally in the Capitol’s Rotunda at 12:00 noon, where survivors of domestic and sexual violence will share their stories of abuse and survival.
The service statistics of Georgia state-certified domestic violence and sexual assault programs tell the story of just the small percentage of victims who find the courage and strength to reach out for help. From October 2010 through September 2011, Georgia’s 46 state-certified domestic violence programs provided shelter to over 9,500 victims and their children and answered nearly 67,000 crisis calls, while being forced to turn away about 2,900 victims and their children due to lack of available bed space. From July 2010 through July 2011, Georgia’s 24 state-funded sexual assault programs served 5,575 victims of rape and sexual assault, including 1,685 child victims, and answered over 7100 crisis calls.
The impact of this violence extends into the larger community, generating public safety and healthcare costs and reducing worker productivity. There is a serious need for the community, law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, churches, healthcare practitioners, schools, etc. to do their part in addressing domestic violence and sexual assault. “This year we are very excited to be working on positive, pro-active legislation which will address some loopholes in our systems in order to increase victim safety,” explained Nicole Lesser, Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
To RSVP for this event, email GCADV at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, please contact the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence at www.gcadv.org.