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Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881


Profile Description

Creation: Encoding by Christine de Catanzaro, 2004.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children
Title: Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children records
Dates: 1971-2000; undated
Dates: [bulk 1981-1997]
Quantity: 15.5 linear ft. in 33 boxes
Abstract: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) Audio-visual materials.
Identification: W049

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 Children

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 Vice-President.

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.

Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children.
Georgia Network Against Domestic Violence.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Abused children.
Abused elderly.
Battered women.
Child advocacy.
Domestic violence.
Family violence.
Family violence--Law and legislation--United States.
Police training.
Volunteer workers in social service--Training of.


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.

Administrative Information


[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.

Acquisition Information

Gift of M. Catherine Hires, October 27, 2000; April 5, 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine de Catanzaro, April 2004.

Related Material

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 subject areas.

Separated Material

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.

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