Family Violence Conference Commits to Ending Family Violence

On September 9-10, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) sponsored its 19th Annual Statewide Family Violence Conference.  The focus of this year’s conference, with over 300 attendees, was Justice Across Generations:  Framing a Commitment to Ending Family Violence. 
 
altJudges, law enforcement, family violence intervention providers, faith community, prosecutors, and community members traveled to the Legacy Lodge and Conference Center at Lake Lanier Island to hear keynote speakers Olga Trujillo and Kristin Weber.  Judge Stephen Kelley (left), Chair, Georgia Commission on FAmily Violence, welcomed those assembled to the conference.
 
Local and national stakeholders presented on a wide-range of family violence issues such as Engaging Men in Preventing Violence Against Women, Exploring Women’s Use of Violence, Advocacy Beyond Leaving: Meeting Survivors Where They Are, Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence, A Look at How Child Welfare Isn’t Set Up for African American Families, 10 Years of Fatality Reviews in Georgia: What We’ve Learned, and Collaborative Teen Dating Violence.
 
Each year, the GCFV presents several awards. The 2013 award recipients were:
Gender Justice Award - Jennifer Thomas, Georgia Commission on Family Violence;
Task Force Member of the Year – Kit Devine, Hall County DV Task Force;
Task Force of the Year – Clayton Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Moving the Work Forward (for work on HB78) – Vernon Keenan, Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation; Elaine Wilson, State Long Term Care Ombudsman; Pat King, Adult Protective Services; and the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute;
In the Trenches Award – Nikki Waller;
Award of Appreciation – Voice of Hope Choir, Lee Arrendale State Prison.

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