PADV puts a spotlight on intimate partner violence during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every nine seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten. One in every three women and one in every seven men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

According to the Violence Policy Center, Georgia currently ranks eighth in the nation for states where men kill women. We are moving in the wrong direction.  In 2014, Georgia ranked 17th in the nation for this terrible crime.  

Every day PADV strives to improve these numbers by raising awareness of domestic violence and providing critically needed intervention services for teens and adults.

During October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), PADV shines a spotlight on intimate partner violence.  October was designated National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1981 to unite the many organizations that work to end domestic violence in collectively educating and raising awareness on the issue across the country.

PADV’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events This Year Included:

  • “31 Days of Hope” Video Series – PADV kicked-off DVAM on October 1 with an online video series called “31 Days of Hope.” Produced by the faculty and students at South Gwinnett High School, this series of one-minute videos featured PADV staff, students from South Gwinnett High School and domestic violence survivors. Videos covered a wide-range of DV topics including safety, how to talk to your kids, where to go for help, volunteering, and DV myths.  Visit PADV’s Facebook to watch all 31 videos.
     
  • Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil PADV hosted its 5th annual “Spreading Our Wings Candlelight Vigil” on October 27 at the Atlanta offices of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. The vigil honored 69 Georgians who lost their lives to intimate partner violence in the past year and provided a forum for survivors to tell their stories of overcoming abuse. PADV also presented the first Spotlight Award to Sharla Jackson, domestic violence and sexual assault resource prosecutor at Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia (PAC). This award was created to thank and honor an individual who has gone above and beyond to help victims of domestic abuse.     
     
  • Purple Purse Challenge –The Purple Purse Challenge is part of The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse program, which aims to help end domestic violence and financial abuse through financial empowerment. The online, social media based fundraiser started on September 28 and ended on October 25.  PADV successfully raised more than $9,000! Although the Challenge is over, you can still donate to PADV by going to crowdrise.com/PADV.
     
  • Speaking Engagements – On October 28, Nancy Friauf, PADV’s President and CEO spoke to The Commerce Club members about domestic violence in the workplace. 

On October 17, Jeffrey Brown was featured on Focus Atlanta to discuss DVAM and provide information on PADV’s teen program. Click here to watch the interview.

On October 31, Samantha Macedo, VP of Prevention and Outreach, was featured on WABE’s A Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress. Click here to listen to the interview.

Interested in finding out more about PADV’s DVAM events? Check out some of the media coverage below!