17th Annual Domestic Violence Conference Held

The Georgia Commission on Family Violence held its 17th Annual Statewide Domestic Violence Conference in Atlanta on September 12-13, 2011.

The Conference brought together 325 domestic violence practitioners, including judges, law enforcement, victim advocates, prosecutors, family violence intervention program providers, and others. The theme of the conference, “There’s No One Solution: Integrating Prevention and Intervention Against Domestic Violence,” connected many components of ending family violence in Georgia. Judge Nancy Bills, State Court of Rockdale County, praised the conference saying, “This year's conference surpassed all my expectations. The information provided by the speakers and presenters regarding prevention and intervention was exactly what was needed because it is only through the integration of prevention and intervention that family violence can be eradicated."
    Two days of plenaries and breakout sessions covered a wide gamut of issues.
    Judge Daphne Walker, Chief Magistrate of Clayton County and Chair of the Domestic Violence Court Task Force, presented a session outlining best practices for ensuring victim safety, offender accountability, and effective communication between the courts and key stakeholders when handling domestic violence cases. Her session also centered on federal firearms restrictions, notification, and removal. Other sessions looked at immigration and domestic violence, probation supervision strategies, survivors with mental health issues, racism in the domestic violence movement, technology safety for victims, and the fatality review process.
    Judge Nancy Bills (above, center), State Court of Rockdale County, received the Task Force Member of the Year award from Judge Jeannette L. Little, State Court of Troup County.  Mr. Bob Bray, Executive Director of the Council of State Court Judges, also praised the recipient. “Judge Bills is one of the hardest working state court judges in Georgia with a caseload that would support two full-time judges. Even so, she still finds time to operate an Accountability Court, work with community groups, and be involved in many critical Council of State Court Judges committees – all to improve the quality of justice delivered to the citizens of her community and the State.” 
    Also recognized at the awards luncheon were Ms. Shelley Senterfitt, Gender Justice Award; the  Cherokee Domestic Violence Task Force, Task Force of the Year; and Ms. Angela Tuck, Responsible Coverage Award.
     The Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) is a state agency that was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1992 to develop a comprehensive state plan for ending family violence in Georgia. GCFV works throughout the state to help create and support task forces made up of citizen volunteers working to end domestic violence in their communities. In addition, GCFV provides training about domestic violence, monitors legislation and other policy impacting victims of domestic violence, certifi


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