Statewide Family Violence Conference

“Reflecting, Refocusing and Rejuvenating: 20 Years of Domestic Violence in Georgia”



Jekyll Island, GA — On September 29 – October 1, 2014, the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) hosts its 20th Annual Statewide Family Violence conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia.  This year’s conference theme is “Reflecting, Refocusing and Rejuvenating: 20 Years of Domestic Violence in Georgia.”  Over 350 stakeholders — including judges, law enforcement, advocates, survivors, counselors, faith leaders, prosecutors, and community members — have registered to attend the two and a half day conference at the Jekyll Island Conference Center.

Featured keynote speakers include Casey Gwinn, Jill Davies, and Ulester Douglas.  Casey Gwinn is the President and Co-Founder of the Family Justice Center Alliance. Casey is also the visionary behind the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. He is a national expert on domestic violence, including prosecution, strangulation, and best practices working with children. Prior to this position, Casey was the elected San Diego City Attorney.

Attorney Jill Davies is the deputy director of Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. (GHLA) and directs Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, a key initiative of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, in collaboration with GHLA.  Her advocacy on behalf of family violence victims spans three decades.

Ulester Douglas is executive director of Men Stopping Violence (MSV), a nationally acclaimed social justice organization dedicated to ending male violence against women. He is also an adjunct professor at Emory University, a psychotherapist and community organizer with extensive training and experience working with individuals, families, and communities affected by child sexual abuse and other forms of violence.

Local and national stakeholders will present on a wide-range of family violence issues such as Fatherhood and Domestic Violence, Strangulation and HB 911, Women Who Use Violence, Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, and Domestic Violence and Firearms, among other topics.  

“There is much work to be done to move Georgia forward.  At the present time Georgia ranks ninth in the nation for men killing women,” said Judge Stephen Kelley, Commission Chair.  “Training such as the workshops offered at this conference furthers the work of the Commission to make this a safer place for all Georgians.  The Commission remains committed to excellence in leadership, training, and policy making to keep Georgia safe for all.”

Awards will be presented during the conference, including the Gender Justice Award to Ms. Suzanne Dow; the Moving the Work Forward Award to the Cherokee Family Violence Center; Task Force Member of the Year to Ms. Tomieka Daniel; and Task Force of the Year to the Cobb County Domestic Violence Task Force.  Separate press releases for each of those awards are available upon request.

Verizon Wireless is supporting GCFV’s 20th Annual Statewide Family Violence Conference with a $30,000 HopeLine grant.

The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is a state agency created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1992 to develop a comprehensive state plan for ending family violence in Georgia.