For Immediate Release:
WHAT: Attorney General Sam Olens will speak against domestic violence in Georgia, as the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence host a press conference to release their 7th annual Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report. The report focuses on the gaps in response to domestic violence and ways to prevent future fatalities.
WHEN: 8:30-9:00am, Wednesday, March 23, 2011
WHERE: Georgia State Capitol, South Wing, 206 Washington Street SW, Atlanta, GA
WHO: Attorney General Sam Olens, Judge Peggy Walker, Chair of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, Nicole Lesser, Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Frank Mack, domestic violence fatality review chair for Bibb and Houston counties.
WHY: Georgia lost 129 citizens last year to domestic violence. Georgia ranks 10th in the country for its rate at which men kill women in single-victim homicides, most of which are domestic violence murders. Effective work in Georgia has helped to decrease this rate over two times more than the US’s average rate since 2003. However, much work remains to be done: the Report identifies current gaps in the state’s response and offers recommendations for the prevention of these unnecessary tragedies.
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS, at 9:00am.:
Georgia Commission on Family Violence, Maggie Reeves, Office: 404.463.0350