ATHENS -  The Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) recognizes leaders in social justice who work for the betterment of women in Georgia through the Gender Justice Award.

This year’s Gender Justice Award recipient is Kimya N. Motley.

Recipients of this award are chosen based on their history of increasing safety for victims and survivors of domestic violence, enhancing accountability of batterers, and making systemic changes to laws in Georgia – all to eliminate gender inequality.

“The Commission is excited to recognize Kimya Motley as the 2019 Gender Justice Award recipient. We are proud to join a host of other organizations and government entities in recognizing Ms. Motley for her incredible leadership and service to our state through her advocacy efforts. Ms. Motley embodies our conference theme of supporting survivors and restoring hope. We thank her for her work in Georgia advocating for victims of domestic violence and pushing innovative projects forward,” said Stephanie Woodard, Chair of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

Kimya survived being shot four times by her ex-husband in 2011, who then shot her daughter. Since she recovered, Kimya has been running her organization, Haven of Light International where she supports survivors of domestic violence and promotes community change, since 2013. In March 2019, Motley’s story was featured in domestic violence training videos for the National Football League and is now being used to educate all 32 NFL teams.

Kimya currently serves as the Chair of the Newton County Family Violence Task Force. She has previously been recognized her for leadership, contributions, and advocacy efforts in expanding victims’ rights by Governor Nathan Deal, Investigation Discovery Channel, Good Day Atlanta, Representative Pam Dickerson, and Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter. In response to winning the award, Kimya said, "As a survivor, I made a promise to myself that I would do everything in my power to eradicate domestic violence. I have been doing just that for the last 6 years. Many people don’t survive what my daughter and I endured, and I took our survival as an impetus to fight for other families. I am thankful to the Commission for presenting me with the Gender Justice Award. Receiving this award inspires me to continue fighting for gender equality, using my voice to help more people, and creating positive change on a larger scale.”

The Commission’s 25th annual family violence conference was held at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia on September 8-11, 2019. The theme of this year’s conference was Supporting Survivors and Restoring Hope: 25 Years Ago to 25 Years Ahead. More than 650 local and national stakeholders attended the sold out conference, including judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, advocates, survivors, faith leaders, counselors and community members.

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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Press Contact: Stephanie Woodard,