40 Years of Service

Forty years of providing programs and services, offering shelter and safety. Forty years of empowering survivors and educating the community. Forty years of raising awareness along with needed funds for victims as well as survivors. Forty years of promoting healthy dating relationships. This is what PADV has done since 1977.

Over the past 40 years, PADV has grown to 43 full- and part-time staff, a 24-hour crisis line, two 24-hour emergency shelters and a teen dating violence prevention program and is currently the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization, serving over 20,000 individuals annually. Since 1977, PADV estimates that they have served more than 300,000 individuals.

PADV is commemorating its 40th anniversary with several events and fundraisers throughout the year, along with other exciting ways to donate or get involved year-round.

PADV’s 2017 Events include:

  • Women in Action Forum – PADV will kick off its 40th anniversary with the annual Women in Action Forum on February 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sugarloaf Country Club. The Forum gathers women from all walks of life to educate them on specific issues pertaining to domestic violence, while focusing on dispelling the many widely-held stereotypes. Attendees will hear an eye-opening testimony from a former PADV client who is currently a member of the PADV Board of Directors along with a Q&A session with other forum panelists, and enjoy a breakfast buffet as well as a marketplace full of vendors. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
  • Teen Summit – Did you know that one in three teens experiences dating violence? PADV’s annual Teen Summit is an interactive and educational day for both teens and their parents to learn more about the issue of teen dating violence, as well as how to address it and the role adults can play in helping establish healthy relationships. The event is free and will take place at Primerica Headquarters on March 25 at 10 a.m. Click here to register and find out more about the event, as well as teen dating violence statistics.
  • Hearts With Hope Gala – As PADV’s largest annual fundraiser, The Hearts With Hope Gala will be hosted at The Ritz Carlton, Buckhead on May 20 at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a silent and live auction, top-notch dining and lively entertainment. More than 400 corporate, community and professional leaders will attend to further raise awareness and create hope for a domestic violence-free future. Purchase your tickets and learn more about the gala here.
  • Candlelight Vigil – Each year during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), PADV hosts its annual Candlelight Vigil. The vigil is held to honor those that lost their life to intimate partner domestic violence, allow those who have been affected by domestic violence to grieve together and empower survivors. Attendees light candles, while listening to the inspiring testimonies of survivors.

Along with this year’s events, there are many other ways to get involved with PADV including donations – clothes, monies and other items – and volunteering. Volunteers can help answer the 24/7 crisis hotlines, visit either shelter location for a day or lend a hand at PADV’s events. All information on volunteering with PADV can be found at http://padv.org/supporters/volunteer/.

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