What is a Family Violence Task Force?

  • What is a Family Violence Task Force?

    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.

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  • What is a coordinated community response?

    A coordinated community response is an intervention strategy that employs an interagency approach to address domestic violence and protect victims. In order to foster a coordinated community response to domestic violence, task forces establish committees to address barriers that victims face while attempting to become safe and gaps where offenders may slip through.

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  • Who should join a Family Violence Task Force?

    Family violence survivors and offenders of this crime come in contact with several different agencies or systems. Family Violence Task Forces provide an opportunity for these multiple systems to gather and develop best practices for addressing this issue for their local community. Listed below is a list of systems that should be participating in a task force. This is not a comprehensive list but gives a general idea of how varied Family Violence Task Force members can be.

    Domestic Violence Agencies
    Domestic Violence Survivors
    Georgia Council on Child Abuse
    Rape Crisis Centers
    Boys’ and Girls’ Club leaders
    Council on Aging
    Police Chiefs and or Representatives
    Sheriffs and/or Representatives
    District Attorney
    Solicitor
    Judges
    Probation Officers
    Court Administrators/Clerks
    Mental Health Providers
    Health Department
    DHR
    FVIP Providers
    DFACS
    Day Care Programs
    Veterinarians
    Board of Education Members
    Housing Authority
    Georgia Legal Services
    City Recreation Departments
    Emergency Medical Centers
    Hospitals
    Local Attorneys
    Public Defenders Offices
    Faith-based Leaders
    Local Detention/Diversion Centers
    Day Care Centers
    Dentists
    Chiropractors
    EMS/ Paramedics
    Junior League
    Teachers
    Criminal Justice Departs
    Neighborhood Watch Programs

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  • What types of subcommittees do Family Violence Task Forces have?

    The recommended committees below are a result of the diligent work conducted by the fatality review teams throughout Georgia. Many of these individuals are also part their local Family Violence Task Force. Fatality reviews help to identify gaps in services for providing victim safety and batterer accountability. To honor the work of the fatality review teams, domestic violence victims and survivors, local Task Forces are encouraged to identify a committee or multiple committees to adopt. Task Forces usually have 3-4 subcommittees working on projects throughout the year.

    As task forces throughout the state select committees that fit them best, task forces will be able to network with one another to discover best practices for working on each of these suggested committees. Please keep GCFV updated on the subcommittees of your family violence task force.

    Media
    Education & Outreach
    Firearms
    Information Sharing
    Military
    Legislative
    Protocols
    Faith

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