PADV Strives to Erase Domestic Violence Stereotypes at Women In Action Forum

There are many misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding domestic violence. PADV works to eliminate these stereotypes through education and awareness campaigns. We hope after reading this, you’ll have a different view.    

Myth: Domestic violence isn’t that common.

Fact: According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, in the U.S. an average of 24 people per minute are victims of physical violence, sexual abuse or stalking by an intimate partner. That amounts to more than 12 million women and men over the course of one year.

Myth: Domestic violence is always physical. 

Fact: There are different types of abuse that can occur in an intimate partner relationship, including emotional abuse, sexual abuse and financial abuse.    

Myth: Domestic violence victims can leave whenever they want.

Fact: There are several reasons why a victim does not or cannot leave his/her abuser. The victim might fear what their abuser will do if they try to leave, self-esteem from mental abuse may cause them to feel unwanted somewhere else, they may fear for the safety of their children, they may have no access to financial resources separate from their abuser and more. It’s not as easy as it sounds.   

One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding domestic violence is the belief that all domestic violence victims are women who are financially unstable, alone without family nearby, or uneducated. All of these stereotypes are false. Women and men of every race, socioeconomic background and education level can be victims of domestic abuse.

To help erase and further bring awareness to these widely held stereotypes, PADV will host its annual Women in Action Forum on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Sugarloaf Country Club at 8:30 a.m.

The Forum will feature a special testimony from current PADV board member and former PADV client, Charmagne Helton. Helton who was a successful professional during her abusive relationship will tell her story and how she now uses her knowledge and experience to help others escape situations like hers. In addition, there will be a Q&A discussion with various panel members to help educate women on the different aspects of intimate partner violence as well as programs and services available through PADV. 

Forum panelists will include Theresa Bullock, mother of a domestic violence victim, Nancy Friauf, PADV CEO and President, Danny Porter, Gwinnett District Attorney and Rosanna Szabo, Gwinnett Solicitor General.

All proceeds of the Women In Action Forum will benefit PADV’s Gwinnett shelter, which is the largest domestic violence safe house in Georgia. All those who wish to attend, can purchase a ticket to the Forum for $75 per person by clicking here.

PADV also encourages supporters to become a sponsor for the Women in Action Forum or sponsor each of PADV’s upcoming events by purchasing a Bundle of Hope package. A sponsorship bundle is a single monetary donation that grants sponsorship benefits and recognition by PADV throughout the year.  

Click here to learn more about the Women In Action Forum!