2018 Annual Conference


Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Annual Family Violence Conference! After expanding registration twice, we have reached maximum capacity for the training location. However, you may still join the waiting list! We'll let you know if space becomes available.  No on-site registration will be available. 



The Jekyll Island Convention Center
75 Beachview Dr N, Jekyll Island, GA


Conference Manual

Keynote Speakers

Beverly Gooden, Award-winning author, social activist, speaker, survivor and creator of the viral movement Why I Stayed. #WhyIStayed was named by TIME as one of the Top 10 Hashtags That Started a Conversation and is one of 8 Hashtags That Changed The World, according to HLN-CNN. 

Evan Stark, Sociologist, social worker, researcher and professor at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration with an international reputation for his innovative work on the legal, policy and health dimensions of interpersonal violence, including its effects on women and children. Author of award-winning book "Coercive Control: How men entrap women in personal life".



This year, you can pay by credit or debit card immediately, or mail in a check or money order. Checks and money orders must be postmarked by the cut off dates to qualify for the stated rates. Registration will include a welcome reception on Sunday, breakfast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and lunch on Monday and Tuesday. 

Early Bird Registration is Open!

 Early Bird Registration is $260 and ends July 13, 2018. Early Bird Registrants must send the Georgia Commission on Family Violence a check or money order postmarked by July 13, 2018 to qualify for the Early Bird rate.

Regular Registration

Regular Registration is $285 and will begin on July 14, 2018 and close on August 3, 2018. Regular Registrants must pay online or send the Georgia Commission on Family Violence a check or money order postmarked by August 3, 2018 to qualify for the Regular rate. 

Late Registration

Late Registration is $305 and will begin on August 4, 2018 and close on August 31, 2018. Late Registrants must pay online or send the Georgia Commission on Family Violence a check or money order postmarked by August 31, 2018 to qualify for the Late rate.

Continuing Education Units

GCFV is applying for CEUs from the following organizations. GCFV will approve 13 CE Hours for Family Violence Intervention Programs (FVIPs).

In previous years, the conference has been approved for:

7 Hours - Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
13 Hours - National Association of Social Workers (NASW-GA)
13 Hours - Police Officer Standards & Training (POST)
13 Hours - Licensed Professional Counselors Association (LPCA-GA)
13 Hours - Institute of Continuing Judicial Education (ICJE)
13 Hours - Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA)
13 Hours - Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (GAMFT)



GCFV has secured a block of rooms at the following hotels. Rooms are available at the following rates until the blocks are filled or the cut off dates.

The Hampton Inn
$149 for standard rooms, $169 for studios.
Call 1-800-426-7866 to make reservations by August, 9, 2018. You may also go towww.hampton.com and use group code "GCF" for Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island. 

Villas by the Sea
$99 for studios, $119 for 1 bedrooms, $189 for 2 bedrooms, $229 for 3 bedrooms.
Call 1-800-841-6262 to make reservations by August 9, 2018. 

Westin Jekyll Island
$122 for island view rooms, $195 for ocean view rooms, $225 for ocean front rooms, plus resort fees. 
Call 1-888-627-8316 to make reservations by August 10, 2018. You may also go towww.westinjekyllisland.com.

Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island
$125 for island view rooms, $145 for ocean view rooms, $205 for ocean front rooms, plus resort fees.
Call 912-635-2211 to make reservations by August 19, 2018. 

Jekyll Island Club
$159 for rooms, $269 for hotel suites, $239 for ocean king suites, $259 for ocean double queen suites, plus resort fees. 
Call (800) 535-9547 or (912) 635-2600 or email reservations@jekyllclub.com by August 9, 2018.

Task Force Poster Competition

GCFV is pleased to announce the first Task Force Poster Competition to highlight the work of Family Violence Task Forces across the state. The posters will be on display at the Conference and attendees will be asked to judge the posters on their creativity, innovative ideas, and achievements. 

Winners will receive:
1st Place - Two (2) Waived 2019 Conference Registrations
2nd Place - One (1) Waived 2019 Conference Registration
3rd Place - $50 credit to GCFV sponsored trainings

Votes will be tallied Wednesday morning and prizes will be awarded at Conference Send-Off. A Task Force member must be present to receive them. Task Forces must use a tri-fold board or other display that stands on its own. Maximum poster size is 4' x 4'.

Please email Stacey Seldon by August 30, 2018 to enter the competition. 


Task Force Award Nominations

Every year, GCFV recognizes a Family Violence Task Force and a Family Violence Task Force Member for their achievements in their communities for contributing to a coordinated community response. 

The Family Violence Task Force of the Year will receive waived 2018 Conference registrations for 2 Family Violence Task Force members. The winner and nominator of the Family Violence Task Force Member of the Year will also receive waived Conference registrations. Additionally, award recipients receive a glass plaque, public recognition at the Conference and in Conference material, and mention on GCFV's website.

Nominations for Family Violence Task Force awards for the 2018 Conference are now being accepted. The deadline for nominations is July 2, 2018. Winners will be notified by July 16, 2018. Winners are decided by GCFV staff based on the strength of the nomination. We look forward to reviewing your nominations!