Georgia Commission on Family Violence records

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Georgia Commission on Family Violence:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-651-2477
Fax: 404-651-4314
archives@gsu.edu

August 2012



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Crystal Rodgers, 2012.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Georgia. Commission on Family Violence
Title:Georgia Commission on Family Violence records
Dates: 1985-2011 (bulk 1995-2008)
Quantity: 24 linear ft. (in 45 boxes and 2 restricted boxes)
Abstract:The Georgia General Assembly created the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) in 1992. Focusing primarily on legislation, research, education and training, monitoring Family Violence and Batterer Intervention Programs and increasing community awareness, GCFV aims to increase the safety of survivors, improve the resources available and implement more adequate tools for family violence prevention. The records consist of correspondence, legal documents, legislative records, meeting minutes and agendas, training and workshop manuals, conference materials, budget and grant information, printed materials, electronic records, photographs and audio/video recordings.
Identification: W097
LanguageEnglish.

Organization of the Records

Organized into 10 series:

Scope and Content of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence

Correspondence, legal documents, legislative records, meeting minutes and agendas, training and workshop manuals, conference materials, budget and grant information, printed materials, photographs and audio/visual materials make up the records of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. The records are organized into 10 series. Series I: Administrative Records, 1993-2010, includes contracts and protocols, Commission member lists, agendas and minutes from quarterly meetings, materials documenting the work of various Georgia Commission on Family Violence committees and reports. Series II: Office Files, 1992-2010, documents the day to day undertakings of GCFV, and includes budget and grant records, daily correspondence and other printed materials. Series III: Projects, 1990-2011, contains meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, research materials and reports that document the large-scale undertakings of the Commission. Series IV: Task Forces, 1997-2010, is divided by judicial circuit and/or county and includes Task Force bylaws, meeting agendas and minutes, family violence protocols, correspondence, strategic planning information, progress reports, photographs and other printed materials. Series V: Training and Workshops, 1996-2010, includes the training materials from GCFV-led workshops as well as documents from training sessions attended by members of the Commission. Series VI: Conference Materials, 2000-2009, includes conference planning, correspondence, programs and training materials acquired from the GCFV Annual Conference and from conferences members of the Commission attended. Series VII: Legislative and Legal Documents, 1995-2007, contains primarily House and Senate Bills relevant to family violence prevention, as well as legal documents, correspondence and other printed materials relating to Georgia legislation. Series VIII: Printed Materials, 1985-2009, contains all other resources utilized by GCFV including reports, statistical information, newspaper and web articles and materials related to violence prevention and survivor services. Series IX: Audio/Visual Materials, 1995-2010, consists of audio and video recordings acquired by the Commission, and photographs taken at various events. Series X: Artifacts, undated, consists of stickers and three dimensional objects aquired by the Commission from domestic and family violence prevention services.

Records originally saved to computer diskettes have been printed out and integrated throughout the records. Because the information saved on CD-Roms is extensive, that has not been printed out. Instead, the CD-Roms have been listed individually and are available for use in the Reading Room.


History of Georgia Commission on Family Violence

The Georgia General Assembly created the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) in 1992. Focusing primarily on legislation, research, education and training, monitoring Family Violence and Batterer Intervention Programs and increasing community awareness, GCFV aims to increase the safety of survivors, improve the resources available and implement more adequate tools for family violence prevention. Recognizing that women and children are most affected by intimate partner violence, GCFV places the needs of these survivors at the center of their work.

GCFV advocates for legislation that adequately addresses the broad spectrum of family violence, including the proper implentation of Temporary Protective Orders (TPO's) and Protective Orders (PO's), increasing immigrant and refugee resources and changing child support and joint custody policies that take into account the safety of domestic violence survivors. In addition, they "monitor the implementation and enforcement of laws, regulations and protocols concerning family violence." This includes establishing protocols for law enforcement staff, medical professionals and court judges that place the needs of survivors first. GCFV acknowledges that family violence prevention necessitates holding abusers accountable for their behavior, creating "standards to be used by the Department of Corrections in the certification and regulation of Family Violence Intervention Programs (FVIPs)." The Commission also engages in advocacy work for women falsely incarcerated for killing their abusers in self-defense.

The Commission holds quarterly meetings, assessing the current state of domestic violence in Georgia and evaluating the effectiveness of current projects and programs. Their ongoing activities include the Fatality Review Project which collects and investigates data on domestic violence related deaths in Georgia, the Protective Order Registry Project, coordinating community-run task forces, annual participation on Stop Violence Against Women Day and advocating for the Full Faith and Credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act. GCFV holds conferences annually and periodically facilitates workshops and training seminars. The Commission also participates in workshops and seminars with other organizations regionally and nationally. Coalitions with other organizations include Men Stopping Violence, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Battered Women's Justice Project, National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Georgia. Commission on Family Violence
Men Stopping Violence. Inc.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (U.S.)
National Network to End Violence Against Immigrant Women
Abused women--Georgia
Marital violence--Georgia
Victims of family violence--Legal status, laws, etc.--Georgia
Women's shelters--Georgia
Atlanta (Ga.)
Case files
clippings (information artifacts)
correspondence
photographs
proposals
reports

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction. Some records have been redacted to protect the identity of individuals. In those cases, the original materials have been separated, and the redacted copies are available for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.


Administrative Information

Citation

[item], [folder title], [series title], Georgia Commission on Family Violence Records, W097, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Georgia Commission on Family Violence, 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Crystal Rodgers and Hilary Morrish.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children, Men Stopping Violence, Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Vilence, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (unprocessed), and Diane Winters Papers (unprocessed)


Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, monographs were separated to Special Collections Books. A list of Separated Material is kept by the archivist and is available upon request.


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