PADV President and CEO Will Join the City of Atlanta’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Ending Domestic Violence

Nancy Friauf, President and CEO for Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), will join the Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond for a virtual town hall meeting titled Speak Up and Speak Out on Thursday, March 18, 2021, beginning at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The free event is open to the public and will feature a panel of local Domestic Violence advocates and officials who will discuss ways to end the crime of domestic violence in Atlanta.

The purpose of the event is to speak out about domestic violence crimes in Atlanta, which have dramatically increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, city-wide police departments, emergency rooms and PADV’s 24-hour crisis hotline saw substantial increases in the rates and severity of domestic violence crimes, largely attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.  Shelter-in-place orders left many victims trapped with their abusers. During the week of April 12, 2020, the Atlanta Police Department saw domestic violence cases jump by more than 400% compared to the same week the previous year.

In the past year, PADV, Georgia’s largest and most experienced non-profit working to end domestic violence, expanded its outreach services to reach nearly 16,000 people. In 2020, PADV responded to more than 12,000 crisis line calls and provided more than 26,000 hours of service to children and adults, housing many in hotels due to social distancing requirements in their shelters. PADV also helped more than 1,700 victims receive therapeutic counseling and mental health services.

“The increase in intimate partner violence during the pandemic must be addressed,” said Councilman Bond. ”I’m sponsoring this event in the hopes it will help further educate the citizens of Atlanta to the issue and encourage people to get involved and  start advocating to end domestic violence,” he added.  

Speak Up and Speak Out will feature a panel-style discussion of local experts from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, the Atlanta Police Department, the Morehouse School of Medicine and Partnership Against Domestic Violence. The conversation will conclude with a Q&A session for attendees.

“I’m honored to have been asked to participate in Speak Up and Speak Out alongside other advocates who support domestic violence survivors,” said Nancy Friauf, President and CEO, Partnership Against Domestic Violence. “As we look forward to a post-pandemic life, it will require the dedication of government entities, industry professionals, advocates like PADV and the community at large to deal with the devastating increase in domestic violence crimes in Atlanta and their long-lasting effects,” she added.

Friauf has served Atlanta’s nonprofit community for more than 40 years. She began her career serving as the shelter manager for the Council on Battered Women, which later changed its name to Partnership Against Domestic Violence. Friauf then spent years overseeing the battered women’s and rape crisis program at the YWCA of Cobb County, then as the executive director of the Gwinnett Children Shelter for 17 years before becoming the executive director of Genesis Shelter. In December 2015, she rejoined Partnership Against Domestic Violence as President and CEO.

For more information and to register for the virtual town hall event.

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