ATLANTA - Tune in to Season 2, Episode 29 of Genesis the Podcast, where the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) takes center stage. On June 22, 2023, GCFV experts Kylee Elliott and Carolynn Brooks appeared on an episode of Genesis the Podcast, an informative podcast hosted by the Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support in Dallas, Texas. Since 2021, Genesis the Podcast features weekly conversations with experts discussing domestic violence and related issues that affect women, and focusing on best practices and solutions that offer safety, shelter, and support.

During their attendance at the Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW), Elliott and Brooks join the podcast and discuss GCFV's data-driven approach to combating family violence in communities throughout Georgia. They delve into the importance of incorporating data analysis to develop effective responses to domestic violence. Throughout the episode, they explore prevention and intervention strategies, shedding light on specific programs and projects implemented by GCFV based on years of studying data through its Fatality Review Project.

The episode highlights two of GCFV's flagship projects, showcasing how the Fatality Review Project’s qualitative and quantitative research has been instrumental in allowing GCFV to develop targeted programs and recommendations to address resource and service gaps. They discuss how domestic violence fatality data led to the creation of the Supporting Survivors of Murder-Suicide (SSMS) and Firearms Lethality Alert Georgia (FLAG) projects. Additionally, they touch upon the groundbreaking "Restorative Retelling" support groups designed specifically for murder-suicide survivors. These successful initiatives are a direct result of GCFV's commitment to utilizing data and evidence from the Fatality Review Project.

April Ross, the Executive Director of GCFV, expresses her pride in the organization's dedication to using data to support prevention, intervention, and supportive responses to family violence. She comments, “It’s important to follow the data in shaping programs and policies at every level. Being data-driven means we are committed to ensuring that the coordinated response to family violence in Georgia is aligned with the needs identified by the data. GCFV aims to be Georgia's go-to resource for domestic violence data and analysis, providing invaluable insights to stakeholders across the state.”

Join the conversation on Genesis the Podcast as Carolynn Brooks and Kylee Elliott discuss GCFV’s data-driven, evidence-based approach to implementing responses to murder-suicide and family violence in Georgia. Recorded on location at the 2023 CCAW, this episode delves into the complexities of these issues and offers valuable insights into combating violence in our communities.

Genesis the Podcast - Season 2 - Episode 29: Evidence-Based Responses to Murder-Suicide and Family Violence. Featuring GCFV experts Carolynn Brooks, Family Violence Fatality Review Project Coordinator and Kylee Elliott, Support for Survivors of Murder-Suicide Project Coordinator. This episode was recorded on location at the 2023 CCAW and discusses murder-suicide and other forms of violence.

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About GCFV: The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is the state agency that has developed Georgia’s comprehensive estate plan for ending family violence. GCFV works collaboratively with systems, community task forces, and organizations statewide to carry out its legislative mandates and effectively implement the state plan at every level through a coordinated community response. GCFV was formed by the Georgia General Assembly in 1992 and is based in Atlanta, GA. To contact GCFV, visit our website at or call 404-657-3412. If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic violence, call the National DV hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) to speak with a domestic violence advocate. For assistance in the state of Georgia, contact the Georgia DV hotline at 1-800-33-HAVEN (1-800-334-2836).

Press Contact: April Ross, [email protected]



Executive Director April Ross