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Encoding by Christine de Catanzaro, 2004.
Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and
Georgia Advocates for Battered Women
and Children records
15.5 linear ft.
in 33 boxes
The Georgia Advocates for Battered Women
and Children began as an all-volunteer feminist agency in the early 1980s. The
Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children records are organized into
three series: (I) Organizational files; (II) Printed materials; and (III)
Organization of the Records
The collection is organized into three series:
Series I. Organizational file
Series II. Printed materials
Series III. Audio-visual materials
A small number of oversize items have been described in their
appropriate series and housed in the Women's Collections oversize materials.
Reference copies of audio and videotapes are housed with the collection. Additional items in this collection were transferred to the Georgia
State University Law Library on receipt. A list of these items is provided in
Separated Materials.Some of the files in this collection were grouped according to topic
when Special Collections received these records. Otherwise the collection had
no apparent organization on receipt. Current order was established by the
Special Collections Department, based upon content.Newspaper clippings and selected other manuscript items have been
photocopied for preservation purposes.
Scope and Content of the Records
The Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children records are
organized into three series: (I) Organizational files; (II) Printed materials;
and (III) Audio-visual materials. Series I, organizational files, documents the
legal advocacy and training aspects of the group during the 1980s and 1990s, as
well as the activities of the staff members in national and regional committees
and task forces designed to combat domestic violence. Also included in this
series are statistical reports on incidences of domestic violence from the
Georgia shelters, as well as files on grant writing and funding sources. Series
II, printed materials, includes training and resource manuals, manuals on legal
aspects of domestic violence, curriculum guides, conference proceedings, and
papers and reports on issues relating to domestic violence. Although some of
the printed materials were written by the staff of GABWC, many of the items in
printed materials were generated by other national and regional organizations.
Series III, audio-visual materials, includes audiocassette tapes, videotapes,
and reel-to-reel audiotapes. These materials include public service
announcements, interviews as well as audio and video resources on various
aspects of domestic violence, including law enforcement and justice, children
and child advocacy, and caring for women affected by domestic violence.
History of The Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and
The Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children began as an
all-volunteer feminist agency in the early 1980s. The first coalition of all
Georgia shelters for abused women, the organization was originally known as the
Georgia Network Against Domestic Violence (GNADV). The GNADV functioned in a
variety of ways: It dispersed state funds to the Georgia shelters, it provided
training and other resources for the shelters, and it acted as an advocacy
group for abused women and children, including legislation and legal advocacy
for dealing with the problem. During the late 1980s the organization also
worked extensively with individuals and groups that were interested in starting
shelters in their own communities.
The organization changed its name to the Georgia Advocates for
Battered Women and Children (GABWC) in the early 1990s, following the division
of the organization into two separate groups. One of these two groups developed
into the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an organization that
continues to operate in Georgia. The GABWC ceased to receive state funds, but
it continued as an advocacy group for battered women and children until the
organization closed its doors in 2000.
Margo Smith served as Director of the GNADV from about 1985 to 1990.
Qiyamah Rahman was also on the staff as Organizational Developer between 1987
and June 1989. Cutbacks resulting from the loss of GNADV's state monies
eliminated this position as well as that of the Administrative Assistant. In
addition to staff members, during the 1980s the organization also had a Board
of Directors composed of an Executive Committee (President, Vice-President,
Secretary and Treasurer), Task Forces (Battered and Formerly Battered Women,
Women of Color), and Committees (including Development, Finance, and
Membership). B. J. Bryson was associated with GNADV when she served as the
co-chair of the Women of Color Task Force (1987) and as Georgia Representative
and Steering Committee member of the National Coalition Against Domestic
Violence (NCADV) until about 1991.
After a period during which the organization functioned without a
Director, Suzannah Pogue took over the newly named Georgia Advocates for
Battered Women and Children from about 1993 to 1997. Diane Winters became a
member of the staff beginning in about 1997. During the final year of GABWC,
Catherine Hires served as President of the Board of Directors, and Wendy
Lipshutz, who had been associated with the organization since 1993, acted as
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.
Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and
Georgia Network Against Domestic
Against Domestic Violence.
Family violence--Law and
Volunteer workers in social
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted access except Videos 30 and 31 may not be viewed.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
The collection contains some copies of videotapes (V1-V5, Series III)
that may not be reproduced without permission of the owner of the original.
Videos 30 and 31 may not be viewed or duplicated.
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. All requests subject to
limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.
[item], [folder title], [series title], Georgia Advocates for Battered
Women and Children records, W049, Archives for Research on Women and Gender. Special Collections and
Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Gift of M. Catherine Hires, October 27, 2000; April 5, 2001.
Processed by Christine de Catanzaro, April 2004.
Related materials in other repositories:
Other archival collections with materials on domestic and family
violence include: Women in crisis program records, 1970-1984 (Winthrop
University, SC); Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women, 1984-1987
(Birmingham-Jefferson Library, AL); and the Violence against women collection,
1967-1990 (ongoing) (Smith College, Northampton, MA).
Related materials in this repository: In
this repository, the Margaret Miller Curtis papers (W005) contain by-laws,
brochures, agendas and other items relating to this organization during the mid
1980s (see Series III), as well as materials from the Council on Battered Women
from 1974 to 1993. The Curtis papers also include Curtis' speeches and other
writings on battered women (Series II). The Women's Printed Collection:
Pamphlets contains several subject areas related to battered women, including
domestic violence, family violence, abused elderly, and rape. The Women's
Printed Collection: Periodicals also includes newsletters relating to these
Separated material: The pamphlets in
Series II have been separated from the collection and housed with the Women's
Printed Collection: Pamphlets; the periodicals in Series II have also been
removed and housed with the Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals. See List
of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.