2018 Annual Conference

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

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.



Sunday, September 9th

5:00 - 7:00 pm - Welcome Reception


Monday, September 10th

7:00 - 8:00 am - Morning Self-Care Activities

7:30 - 8:30 am - Registration

7:30 - 8:30 am - Full Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 am - Plenary - Beverly Gooden

10:45 - 12:15 pm - Workshop A

12:15 - 1:45 pm - Awards Luncheon

2:00 - 3:30 pm - Workshop B

4:00 - 5:30 pm - Afternoon Self-Care Activities


Tuesday, September 11th

7:00 - 8:00 am - Morning Self-Care Activities

7:30 - 8:30 am - Registration

7:30 - 8:30 am - Full Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 am - Plenary - Evan Stark

10:45 - 12:15 pm - Workshop C

12:15 - 1:45 pm - Networking Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm - Workshop D

4:00 - 5:30 pm - Afternoon Self-Care Activities


Wednesday, September 12th

8:00 - 9:00 am - Light Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 am - Workshop E

10:45 - 12:15 am - Workshop F

12:15 - 12:30 pm - Conference Send Off


Confirmed Workshops

"Civil Protective Orders: Justice or Just a Piece of Paper?"
Dr. TK Logan

"Intimate Partner Violence Related Traumatic Brain Injury: Assessing the Risk"
Dr. Kristine Lundgren

"What About the Children? Invisible in Plain Sight"
Evan Stark, PhD, MSW

"Domestic Violence: Intoxication Didn't Cause It And Sobriety Won't Cure It"
David Garvin, LMSW

"Utilizing the GCFV Task Force Toolkit to Create a Local Domestic Violence Court Watch Program"
Amanda Planchard, LCSW and Laura Holland Sclafani

"Georgia Teen Advocates Network: Collaborating to Promote Healthy Relationships and to Provide Advocacy to Teens Experiencing Dating Violence Across the State"
Claire Lisco, MA and Mary Hadden, MSW

"Working with Immigrant and Refugee Communities: It is Not Just about Language"
Jessica Nunan, MSW and Aparna Bhattacharyyaa

"Serving the African-American/Black Survivor of Intimate Partner Violence"
Trish Hardy and Leona Williams, MPA

"Trauma Informed Care: A Different Approach to Case Management"
Latera Davis, MSW

"Georgia Department of Community Affairs Housing Assistance for Survivors"
Michael Thomas and David Whisnat

"Addressing Family Violence through State Policy Change"
Helen Robinson, MPA

"Understanding the Experience of a Child Witness of Domestic Violence"
Michelle White, LMSW

"Stalking: The Forgotten Lethality Indicator"
Kylee Elliott and Niki Lemeshka

"Pets are Victims Too: Pet Abuse as an Indicator of Survivor and Societal Danger"
Myra Rasnick, Shannon Oxford and Taylor Chastain

"Examining Provocation: A multi-session domestic violence prevention and education manual"
Charles Sperling and Maria Flores Sperling

"Conceptual Clarity: Understanding Why Men Batter"
David Garvin, LMSW

"Assessing and Addressing the Hidden Crime of Stalking"
Dr. TK Logan

"Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities: Roadblock or Support for Survivors? Engaging the Faith Community"
Dr. Y. Joon Choi

"Introduction to Marketing, Branding and Communications for Nonprofits"
Kathy Keeley

"SART 2.0: Addressing Challenges and Overcoming Conflict"

"Elder and Disabled Adult Abuse: Hiding in Plain Sight"
Anna Ayers


Registration will open in May!

Early Bird: $260
Regular: $285
Late: $305
On-Site (if available): $325

Registration will include a welcome reception on Sunday, breakfast on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and lunch on Monday and Tuesday. 



CJCC has sponsored scholarships for the following stakeholders. Scholarships are limited to individuals who work in Georgia. Scholarships cover the conference registration fee only. Recipients are responsible for travel and hotel arrangements and costs. 

You must apply for a scholarship by completing the form that aligns with your discipline. You must complete your application by May 14th, 2018. You will be notified of your scholarship award by June 1st, 2018. We will begin distributing scholarships to individuals who have been waitlisted on June 8th, 2018. 

Scholarships are also available for Department of Community Supervision Officers and Division of Family and Children Services Personnel. Please contact your supervisor for more information.

Please seek approval to attend the conference from your supervisor prior to applying for a scholarship. 

Limited to CJCC Certified Domestic Violence Programs/Shelters
Each program is guaranteed 2 scholarships. If your program has more than two (2) applicants, they will be placed on the waiting list, and will be notified by June 8, 2018 if additional scholarships are available.
Limited to CJCC Certified Sexual Assault Programs 
Each program is guaranteed 2 scholarships. If your program has more than two (2) applicants, they will be placed on the waiting list, and will be notified by June 8, 2018 if additional scholarships are available.
First Responders Scholarship Form 
Limited to 911 Operators, EMS, Law Enforcement, Firefighters
Limited to State and Local Agencies and Nonprofit Organizations Addressing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault


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. 

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!

Family Violence Task Force of the Year Nomination Form
Family Violence Task Force Member of the Year Nomination Form