GCFV carries out statutory duties through the following projects:
Public Awareness & Education
GCFV provides training statewide on family violence and related issues, such as building safer communities, protocol development, and workplace violence. GCFV also hosts public events such as Stop Violence Against Women Day at the Capitol.
Statewide Annual Conference
GCFV’s Annual Conference provides an opportunity for more than 450 participants to receive the most up-to-date training by state and national experts on best practices addressing family and domestic violence.
Family Violence Intervention Programs (FVIPs)
GCFV and the Department of Community Supervision (DCS) establish standards for FVIPs in Georgia. GCFV also assists DCS in training, certifying, and monitoring FVIPs. Certified FVIPs are designed to rehabilitate family violence offenders and are charged with prioritizing victim safety and participant accountability.
Community Task Forces
GCFV works to create and maintain family violence task forces within each of the 49 judicial circuits of Georgia. Statistics show that implementing a Coordinated Community Response through a Task Force can help to lower a community’s family violence homicide rate.
Domestic Violence Fatality Review
GCFV works with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence to coordinate community reviews of domestic violence homicides across Georgia. The Fatality Review Annual Report is a statistical compilation of those reviews that includes recommendations for systematic change.
Support for Survivors of Murder-Suicide
GCFV provides support, resources, and referrals to survivors of murder-suicide in Georgia. In addition, we provide training, technical assistance, and resources to communities and constituents for the purpose of strategically implementing innovative systematic changes based on the findings and recommendations of the project.
GCFV has been instrumental in creating laws to enhance safety to domestic violence victims and their children, including those related to shelter confidentiality, Georgia’s Protective Order Registry, FVIP Certification, increased penalties for offenders, and increased resources for victims.
GCFV conducts ongoing research on a range of issues related to domestic violence and periodically disseminates the findings to policymakers and the general public.