2019 Annual Conference

The 25th Annual Family Violence Conference 
Supporting Survivors and Restoring Hope:25 Years Ago to 25 Years Ahead

September 9-11, 2019
The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia


UPDATE 9/4/19:


There will be no on-site registration. If you are a substitute, and did not officially make your substitution known to GCFV on or before August 23rd, please let staff at the registration desk know the name of the registrant you are replacing when you check in for the conference.

You can pick up your registration material on Sunday, September 8th between 5-7pm, and on Monday, September 9th, starting at 7:30am.

The Quarterly Commission meeting will be held on Sunday, September 8th at 3pm, it is open to the public and is optional for attendees.

The Opening Plenary will begin on Monday, September 9th at 8:30 am.

Meals Provided

Breakfast  will be provided from 7:30 - 8:30am, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Lunch will be provided Monday and Tuesday from 12:15 - 1:30pm.

Afternoon snack will be provided on Tuesday from 3:30- 3:45pm.

The Silver Lining Ceremony will be held Tuesday from 5:30 -  6:30 pm. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. If you indicated on your registration that you have 25 years or more of service in the fields of domestic violence and sexual assault you will be honored at that time. If you did not indicate on your registrations your years of service, please let staff know you qualify for this honor when you sign in for the conference.

*Attendees are welcome to bring additional beverages and snacks to meet their own comfort, as there will not be an all day beverage or snack break provided due to recent budgetary cuts. Please bring a sweater or jacket if needed, as well, because the temperature in the meeting rooms may be a little cold for some attendees.*

Continuing Education

Attendees in need of continuing education hours must sign-in on the designated sign-in sheets for the CE hours you are requesting, when you check in for the conference. Remember to sign-in to each workshop you attend as well. If you do not sign-in you cannot receive credit for those hours later. Certificates will be available at the conclusion of the Closing Ceremony. Certificates will be issued ONLY to those in attendance. One certificate per participant. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Certificates will be distributed at the conclusion of the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday. One certificate per attendee. Certificates will not be emailed after the conference. NO EXCEPTIONS.


All scholarships allocated by CJCC have been awarded.

Scholarships cover the conference registration fee only. Recipients are responsible for travel and hotel arrangements and costs. Scholarships only cover the cost of the conference registration. Please make sure your travel arrangements are made individually or with your agency prior to attending the conference.

If you were awarded a scholarship and did not register, your spot has been taken by someone on the waiting list. Requesting a scholarship did not register you for the conference. If you have questions about your registration, please email Jameelah Ferrell  to confirm your status. If you are not registered, and you arrive at the conference, you will not be allowed admission. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you received a scholarship and do not attend the conference, and did not cancel your registration, you will be invoiced and may not be eligible to receive a scholarship in the future.

Scholarships were only available to Domestic Violence Advocates, Sexual Assault Advocates, Department of Community Supervision Officers, DFCS Employees, First Responders and Community Partner Programs.

*FVIP Providers, Facilitators and Facilitator Trainees are not eligible to receive scholarships.*



Registration is now closed. Please contact Jameelah.Ferrell@dcs.ga.gov for more information.

Keynote Speakers

Monday, September 9th: Vanessa McNeal, an award winning documentary filmmaker and speaker on human trafficking and male sexual violence

Tuesday, September 10th: Melissa Jeltsen, a writer and editor for HuffPost, who writes about gender-based violence                       

Wednesday, September 11th: High Point North Carolina Collaborativean inter-agency, community-based model of ending domestic violence by holding offenders to account in the public square and in private


Schedule and Workshops

Conference Manual

Additional Information Including Presenter Bios


Continuing Education

  • CLE - 13 regular continuing legal education hours through the State Bar of Georgia
  • FVIP - 13 continuing hours for facilitators of Family Violence Intervention Programs
  • GACA - 13 continuing education hours for the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association
  • GAMFT - 13 core hours for Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • LPCA - 13 continuing education hours through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia
  • NASW - 13 Core continuing education hours through the National Association of Social Workers - Georgia
  • POST - 13 continuing education hours through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council


You can now make your hotel reservations online this year! 
Hotel Reservations