GCFV Annual Conference 2023 Request for Proposals (RFPs)

"Evolving Responses: What Communities Can Do To Reduce Family Violence"

Georgia Commission on Family Violence's 29th Annual Family Violence Conference

September 17-20, 2023

The Jekyll Island Convention Center

Jekyll Island, Georgia  


Submission Deadline: All proposals must be submitted by  February 17, 2023. Any proposal submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Purpose: The Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) is seeking proposals for workshops to be presented at its annual family violence conference to be held September 17-20, 2023 at The Jekyll Island Convention Center in Jekyll Island, Georgia. This is a competitive process. The conference review committee will select workshops that best satisfy the criteria specified below. Please read the information for this request for workshop proposals (RFP) process thoroughly as it provides important information and instructions for submitting workshop proposals.

CONFERENCE INFORMATION OVERVIEW: GCFV’s annual conference is a professional training conference. It is an opportunity for people from a variety of professional backgrounds to come together and explore strategies to end family violence. Our goal is to provide a wide range of workshops on a variety of relevant family violence and sexual assault-related topics. We encourage proposals that address the needs of a wide variety of practitioners and stakeholders and offer innovative practices and concepts.

CONFERENCE AUDIENCE: GCFV’s annual conference is a professional training conference. On average, GCFV welcomes 600+ attendees. Attendees to the conference generally include certified Family Violence Intervention Program providers/facilitators (including providers/facilitators-in-training), individuals employed at an agency, department or organization that provides direct services to domestic violence and/or sexual assault victims (including first responders), child advocates or service providers, active law enforcement and prosecutors. Attendees represent a range of personal and professional backgrounds and experiences providing family violence or sexual assault services in Georgia and beyond.

GENERAL WORKSHOP INFORMATION: GCFV is seeking presentations that provide actionable information focused on family violence prevention, reduction, and response. Proposals should enhance attendees’ professional development and provide avenues for implementation in their organizations and communities.

Pursuant to the theme "Evolving Responses: What Communities Can Do To Reduce Family Violence," preference will be given to workshop topics that provide expertise regarding the health, safety and well-being of those who have, or are at risk of, experiencing or perpetrating family violence. Subjects of interest include but are not limited to family violence prevention strategies, abuser accountability methods, addressing abuser access to firearms, and implementing multidisciplinary community responses to family violence.



Please note the following criteria as you prepare your proposal. The selection committee will weigh each element during the workshop selection process:

Workshop proposals should meet the following criteria:

+ Presentations must be 90 minutes.
+ Proposals should include a clear and compelling title and description. Preference will be given to proposals that directly align with the conference theme, “Evolving Responses: What Communities Can Do To Reduce Family Violence.”

+ Identify three (3) learning objectives/goals of the workshop.
+ Proposals should offer innovative concepts or introduce new information based on best practices or specialized expertise. Describe how these will be presented to provide participants with opportunities to apply innovative concepts or continue learning beyond the conference.

+ Proposals should describe the learning format to be used to deliver the presentation (i.e. lecture, case study, interactive/participatory, problem-solving/work groups, roundtable, panel, etc.). Preference will be given to presentations with interactive/engaging learning features which encourage active learning. Presentations should also permit time for questions and answers from participants. [Provide as much detail as possible about the format. For instance, the number of panelists and the disciplines represented; work group activities; use of polls, handouts, interactive games or web programs, etc.]

+ Include practical tools, examples, data, or knowledge demonstrating to attendees the efficacy of the innovation or the soundness of the research. Describe how the workshop will offer actionable steps or tools that organizations or communities can immediately implement; or provide information on where attendees can go to learn more.

+ Presentation should NOT be an advertisement or sales presentation. We ask that presenters limit self-promotion of themselves and their organizations to introductions and offering contact information. Presenters shall not directly solicit attendees. Contact conference organizers for more information.

+ Presenters should offer additional resources. While optional, presenters are encouraged to submit handouts with references for additional resources, research/education, fact sheets, implementation tips, or other guidance. GCFV provides access to presentation materials to all attendees via the conference website. We do not provide copies for distribution during workshops.

+ Presenters shall submit a copy of the presentation to GCFV prior to the conference. Sensitive, confidential, or proprietary content may be omitted or redacted. Contact conference organizers for questions or more information.



The Jekyll Island Convention Center will provide a screen, projector, and A/V equipment (speakers and microphones) in each room. Presenters are responsible for all other equipment such as laptops, charging cords, VGA adapters, etc. GCFV will provide an easel board with paper and markers upon request.

Going Green: GCFV will not photocopy materials for workshop activities or breakout sessions. Presenter(s) must provide any printed handouts or materials to be used during the workshop. GCFV will make presentation, resource handouts, and other print materials available to attendees via the conference website. Presenters will be required to submit all workshop materials to GCFV prior to the conference.



Once notified, the presenter(s) must provide the following in a timely manner:

1) Final title and complete workshop description. Please review the final submissions closely and edit for proper punctuation and grammar.

2) Workshop learning objectives

3) Professional bio (required for each presenter)

4) Headshot Photo (professional photo preferred)

5) Current CV (curriculum vitae) and/or resume

6) Presentation slides (formatted as PDF) and/or additional handout(s) to be shared electronically with conference attendees. If copyrighted information is contained in a presentation or supplemental materials, it is the presenter's responsibility to cite the proper source.

7) To receive the presenter honorarium, all required forms MUST be completed and returned to GCFV by the stated deadline. Honorarium can be paid to no more than two (2) presenters per workshop.
8) Presenters MUST submit a copy of the presentation slide deck to GCFV by the given deadline prior to the conference. Sensitive, confidential, or proprietary content may be omitted or redacted. Contact conference organizers for questions or more information.

Presenters agree to respond promptly to requests from GCFV regarding documentation, special needs requests, or other requirements prior to the conference.


All proposals must be submitted online through the RFP submission form. To help you prepare, all the information requested in the proposal form is listed below. If you wish to submit more than one workshop proposal, please complete a separate form for each workshop.

+ Workshop title
+ Workshop description/summary (200 word limit)
+ What is the main goal of this workshop? How does the information in this workshop apply in practical settings to family violence/sexual assault work? (200 word limit)
+ List three (3) learning objectives for the workshop.
+ Who is/are the target audience(s) for this workshop?
+ Outline the workshop's learning format and the approximate length of each format included. Describe how the employed learning method(s) allow for participant engagement. Learning formats might include: case study, panel discussion, open discussion, Q&A, experiential learning activity, and lecture/presentation. (100 word limit)
+ Will any supplemental materials accompany the presentation (e.g., video, audio recordings, handout, PowerPoint)? Briefly describe the materials to be provided.
+ Have you presented or facilitated this or similar topic/workshop in the past? If so, please list when/where and provide a link to any sample content.

1. Contact information – name, title, phone, email, mailing address
2. Agency/Organization/Affiliation

3. Years of experience in field(s) related to family violence/sexual assault

4. Previous training/presentation experience

5. Bio – 300 word limit (use third person)
6. One (1) professional reference (name, title, organization/affiliation, email, phone, relationship to presenter and years known

7. If available, links to previous presentations



Please contact Jameelah Ferrell at [email protected] or call 404-657-3412 with any questions. Refer to the GCFV website for more information about the conference or the workshop selection process.