ATHENS - The Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) presented its “Task Force Member of the Year Award” to Amanda Planchard, Director of Victim Assistance in the Office of the Fulton County Solicitor General, during the commission’s annual family violence conference.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be selected for the 2017 Task Force Member of the Year Award.  Creating needed systemic change would not be possible without the collaborative efforts of all the participants and stakeholders working together.  The strength of survivors continues to inspire me and renew my passion to advocate for the safety of victims and their children and improve our coordinated community response to domestic violence,” said Planchard.

The Task Force Member of the Year Award is presented to the task force member who has taken extraordinary strides to better protect victims and hold abusers accountable. “The Commission is pleased to present Ms. Planchard with the Task Force Member of the Year Award for her exemplary commitment to ending family violence through a coordinated community response.

As the current Co-Chair for Fulton County’s Family Violence Task Force, Amanda is a key contributor in the task of identifying systemic problems faced by victims, and creating solutions to address them through innovative projects and creative approaches. She continuously goes above and beyond in her role and contributes both great ideas and the energy and passion to push them to the finish line,” said GCFV Executive Director Jennifer Thomas.

The Commission’s twenty-third annual family violence conference was held at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia on November 7-9, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference was Maintaining Our Momentum: Proven and Promising Practices to End Family Violence. Over 400 local and national community stakeholders including: judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, advocates, survivors, faith leaders, counselors and community members participated in the conference.

About GCFV: The Georgia Commission on Family Violence, created by The Georgia General Assembly in 1992, is charged with developing a comprehensive state plan for ending family violence in Georgia. If you or someone that you know is being impacted by domestic violence, call 1-800-334-2836 to speak with a domestic violence advocate.

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