Statewide Family Violence Conference looks back over 20 years

On September 29- October 1, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) sponsored its 20th Annual Statewide Family Violence Conference.  The focus of this year’s conference was Reflecting, Refocusing and Rejuvenating: 20 years of domestic violence in Georgia.
 
More than 350 judges, law enforcement, family violence intervention providers, faith community, prosecutors, and community members traveled to the Jekyll Island Conference Center to hear keynote speakers Casey Gwinn, Jill Davies, and Ulester Douglas.  Mr. Gwinn was the keynote speaker at the first Family Violence Conference in 1994 held at the First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
 
Local and national stakeholders presented on a wide-range of family violence issues such as Fatherhood and Domestic Violence, Strangulation and HB 911, Women Who Use Violence, Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, and Domestic Violence and Firearms, among other topics.
 
Each year, the GCFV presents several awards. The 2014 award recipients were:
Gender Justice Award - Suzanne Dow, Executive Director, Circle of Hope,
Task Force Member of the Year – Ms. Tomieka Daniel, Hall County DV Task Force,
Task Force of the Year – Cobb County Domestic Violence Task Force,
Moving the Work Forward – Cherokee Family Violence Center.
 
Judge Stephen Kelley, Superior Courts, Brunswick Judicial Circuit, was recognized for his two years as Chair and four years of work on the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.  Holly Lynn Tuchman, YWCA of Northwest Georgia CEO, took over the helm of the Commission. Other officers elected were Vice Chair Judge Robert McBurney, Superior Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, and Secretary Judge Asha Jackson, Superior Court, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit.

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