The mission of Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors. It hopes to achieve this mission by:
- offering safety and shelter for battered women and their children;
- restoring power, self-sufficiency, and control to domestic violence survivors; and
- educating the public on the dynamics of domestic violence.
For more than 39 years, PADV, the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Georgia, has provided professional, compassionate, and empowering support to battered women and their children in metro Atlanta. PADV began as an all-volunteer agency in 1975 and incorporated in 1977. Today the agency has 36 full and part-time staff with an administrative office and two 24-hour emergency safe houses in Fulton and Gwinnett Counties.
24-Hour Crisis Line
The crisis line is often times the only link to safety available for battered women and their children. The crisis line provides safety planning, information, and support to callers in immediate danger, and to those with questions about people who may be battered. Additionally, the crisis line offers referrals to community resources available throughout the state of Georgia.
Emergency Safe House
Two emergency safe houses provide a haven for women and their children during crisis. During their stay, women and their children receive assistance with legal advocacy, support groups, clothing, food, and referrals for housing, childcare, transportation and job opportunities.
A series of programs are offered to help women in the safe houses improve communication and to exchange ideas on effective parenting and non-violent disciplinary techniques.
Children and Youth Program
PADV provides a comprehensive program to help children deal with their feelings about domestic violence. It becomes a safe place where young people can share their feelings individually and with each other. Through an outstanding curriculum, the program emphasizes education and recreational activities.
Community Based Services
PADV provides an array of community based services as described. These services are available for survivors who may not need safe house-based services but do need one or all of the resources listed on the reverse side, which help them in their quest to live violence free.
Supportive Housing Program
The Supportive Housing Program is designed to assist battered women in their efforts to gain independence from their abusers. Specifically, the program offers rental, utility, childcare, employment, legal, and educational financial assistance as well as transitional housing to battered women working to live independently.
These services include preparing TPO’s (temporary protection orders), assisting clients in completing necessary paperwork, and advocating for the domestic violence survivor in the intimidating and complex judicial system.
Community Support Groups for Women
Support groups provide assistance to women who have left violent relationships or continue to live with their abuser. These groups provide a safe place for survivors to come together and share experiences, offer encouragement, support, and generate ideas on ways to live violence free.
Public Benefits Assistance
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is Georgia’s welfare program. PADV interviews and assesses welfare applicants who show signs of being victims of domestic violence, and provide them with service coordination, and referrals for community services, employment, and housing opportunities. Domestic violence survivors receive a temporary waiver from certain TANF requirements without losing financial assistance. 396 TANF assessments were completed.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is Georgia’s Food stamp program. As a SNAP community partner, PADV provides SNAP outreach, conducts eligibility screenings and assists with application process for low income families in need of assistance obtaining food.
Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program
Partnering with local schools and youth serving organizations, PADV is implementing a teen dating violence curriculum that increases their knowledge of non-violence conflict resolution, communication, and problem solving skills.
Outreach to the Community-At-Large
Education is the key to ending domestic violence. Battering is a serious crime and should not be ignored. Towards the end, PADV offers programs to educate police officers, judges, hospitals, businesses, legislators, child protection agencies, clergy, schools, the business community, and media about the issue of domestic violence and the toll it exacts on society.