2019 Domestic Violence Awareness Month

ATLANTA ‐ September 19, 2019 - Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), Georgia's first, largest and most experienced nonprofit working to end domestic violence will host several events in October as a part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). These events will help bring awareness to the issue and impact of domestic violence, empower survivors and remember those in Georgia who lost their lives in the past year to intimate partner violence.

National Domestic Violence Awareness began in 1981 when The National Coalition Against Domestic designated a day in October as the ‘Day of Unity’ to unify domestic violence advocates across the country. Today, the purpose is to unite different organizations that strive to end domestic violence and bring them together for a month dedicated to educating, raising awareness and eradicating domestic violence.

“Our mission is to end intimate partner violence and to bring awareness to this issue. October gives us the ability to further highlight our work and bring awareness to the devastation of domestic violence with impactful events,” says Nancy Friauf, President and CEO of PADV. “Our fervent hope is that these events will continue to educate the public and inspire people to take action and speak out against domestic violence.”

PADV, in collaboration with other organizations, will host its 8th annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel Windsor Garden on Oct. 16, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This event will recognize nearly 100 individuals in Georgia who lost their lives to intimate partner violence in the past year, give family and friends a chance to grieve their loved ones, and provide a forum for survivors to tell their stories of overcoming abuse. A candle will be lit for each life lost. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.

PADV will host its annual breakfast, “Executives in Action,” to educate Atlanta leaders on the dangers of domestic violence. This breakfast will take place on Oct. 25, 2019 from 7:30 – 10 a.m. at Capital City Club in Brookhaven. The event promises to deliver valuable insight on how domestic violence negatively impacts employees’ ability to maintain high levels of productivity. Click Here for more information.

Continuing with DVAM-focused events, PADV is hosting its seventh annual Men’s Leadership Breakfast at Suntrust Park on Oct. 30, from 8 – 10 a.m. This year’s event titled, “What to Do When the Ball's Thrown to You," will focus on finding an appropriate and effective response to various domestic violence situations to keep survivors safe and not create danger for the person intervening. Click Here for more information.

For more information, please contact Nordene Bartley, PADV special events director, by email [email protected] or visit our website.