PADV's COVID-19 Response

Nancy Friauf 
President & CEO

On behalf of the PADV residents, clients, staff, volunteers and board members, we offer our deepest thanks for your continuing interest in and support of PADV’s work during this challenging time of COVID-19. Reports have shown an increase of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) related calls during outbreaks of COVID-19 within China and Italy. Now that the pandemic has spread to Georgia, we are working to help survivors the best we can, while navigating questions about safety for clients and staff, essential service provision and quarantine/self-distancing. 

Thanks to the tremendous dedication and courage of our staff, PADV remains open to aid and empower survivors of IPV. Our 24-hour hotline, (404) 873-1766, remains fully operational. Our housing, legal advocacy and case management services also remain operational, with some services being completed remotely, and more screening in place for the potential of clients carrying the Coronavirus. To increase resident safety, we are only allowing clients and required staff in our shelter; this means a temporary cessation of volunteers on-site. Our prevention programs, such as Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Community Outreach, will serve as digital health educators, posting and emailing updates in regards to resources relevant to IPV victims, warning signs and safety planning. While we are not doing community presentations or support groups, we are happy to serve as information sources for the impact that the Coronavirus can have on domestic violence victims and provide referrals for community services to respond to these needs. 

Let’s all stay safe, well, hopeful and connected. We are grateful for you.