Women in Action
PADV kicked off its 40th anniversary with the annual Women in Action Forum on February at the Sugarloaf Country Club. The Forum gathers women and men from all walks of life to educate them on specific issues pertaining to domestic violence, while focusing on dispelling the many widely-held stereotypes that still exist regarding this issue. Attendees heard eye-opening testimony from a former PADV client and current member of the PADV Board of Directors, Charmagne Helton. Ms. Helton said she did not fit the stereotypes surrounding domestic violence,
“I grew up in a stable, middle-class, two-parent home with my two younger brothers, a Barbie doll collection and my German shepherd named Candy,” she said. “In high school, I was student body president, queen of school spirit and on the newspaper staff.”
She went on to say,
“We all know the stereotype,” she said. “Domestic violence victims are other women. Not college educated women. Not suburban women. Not women from stable families with loving parents. Not women who work full time and have no history of violence. Not good, everyday, ordinary women like me.”
The Q&A session included panelists Theresa Bullock, PADV Board of Directors member, business owner and mother whose daughter was abused; PADV's President and CEO Nancy Friauf; Gwinnett Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Tracie Cason; and Gwinnett Solicitor General Rosanna Szabo.
With the help of sponsors like Metro Waterproofing and the Clyde L. and Sandra J. Strickland Fund through the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, Georgia Power, the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, The Piedmont Bank and other kind supporters PADV raised $54,000 to support the operations of the Gwinnett County Shelter.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of PADV. The Women In Action Forum is just one of the many ways that the organization plans to commemorate this milestone while continuing to advance its mission. For more information, please visit padv.org or call 404.870.9600.
ABOUT Partnership Against Domestic Violence
PADV’s mission is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors. The organization has served metro Atlanta since 1977 and is currently the largest nonprofit domestic violence agency in Georgia. PADV helps to transform the lives of approximately 20,000 Georgian’s every year through emergency intervention, education, violence prevention and long‐term advocacy. For more information, please visit www.padv.org, or follow PADV on Facebook, on Twitter and LinkedIn.