ATHENS - The Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) presented its “Task Force Member of the Year Award” to Shelia Hill, during the Commission’s 25th Annual Family Violence Conference.

The Task Force Member of the Year Award is presented to family violence the task force member who has taken extraordinary strides to better protect victims and hold abusers accountable. Family violence task forces are multidisciplinary community groups (government agencies, community-based agencies, survivors of family violence, concerned community members and professionals) whose focus is on increasing victim safety and offender accountability through coordinating local services and effecting change through creating a coordinated community response to domestic violence.

Shelia is an extremely active member of the Athens-Clarke and Oconee County Domestic Violence Task Force. She serves as an Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Domestic Violence in the Workplace Committee of the Task Force, and is a member of the Fatality Review Panel and Nominating Committee. Beyond that, Shelia’s work on the Task Force’s Firearm Surrender Protocol has been valued and she is currently working on a special project related to gun violence and domestic violence with members of the group’s Legislative Committee.

Shelia is currently employed by the Georgia Department of Community Supervision at the Athens Day Reporting Center where she serves as the Domestic Violence Liaison, Substance Abuse Counselor, Education/Employment/Community Coordinator and Intern Supervisor.  She also works part time for Acceptance Recovery Center as Lead Counselor and Family Engagement Specialist, and as group facilitator with the Madison County Drug Court.

In February 2018, Shelia presented “Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and the LGBT Community at the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Connect Conference sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center. During this presentation, information was collected via surveys from those in attendance relating their personal experience with IPV. This data is currently being analyzed in an effort to promote awareness, resources and further educational training to the LGBT community and others around IPV.

In response to receiving the award, Shelia stated, “I am most honored and humbled to receive this award. I feel so privileged to sit at the table with so many amazing and knowledgeable people who are all working toward a common goal of saving lives, making our communities safer and providing much needed education on prevention. I dedicate this award to my mother who never found her voice. She has now spoken."

“Shelia is an incredible asset to Athens-Clarke County, Oconee County and our entire state. We commend Shelia for her dedication, commitment and passion to ending domestic violence in Georgia and serving her community. We are impressed with all she has accomplished thus far, and are excited to know we have individuals like Shelia on the front line working to coordinate a better community response to domestic violence,” said GCFV Chair Stephanie Woodard.

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. Over 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,