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Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in of Healing, of Help, of Hope |

Cherokee Family Violence Center would like to thank our community for the generous support we have all year and especially during the holidays.

THANK YOU and Happy Holidays from CFVC Staff!

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As a reminder, we are still have our raffle open! We will being drawing to see who the winner is on Sunday, January 8th at 2PM at CFVC. Winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $25 each. If you want to buy your chance to win, click here.

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CFVC will be closed during the holidays. We will be open again Wednesday, December 28th. If you are in need of assistance, please call our hotline at 770-479-1703.

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Stop Violence Against Women Day 2016

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in of Hope | 0 comments

Earlier this week, four of our Advocates joined hundreds of others at the Georgia State Capitol, to urge Legislators to strengthen Georgia’s existing Family Violence laws.  The 17th annual Stop Violence Against Women Day, drew attention to the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault in Georgia.  The event is sponsored by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault, and Mary Kay, Inc.

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Advocates met with Senators and Representatives under the gold dome, and encouraged them to:

Support House Bill 827, to ensure that rape kits are properly handled and tested across the state.

Support Senate Bill 193, to address repeat domestic violence offenders.

Support House Bill 746 and Senate Bill 242, the Family Care Act, to allow workers to use their sick time flexibly.

Support House Bill 702, to provide sentencing relief for battered persons convicted of violent crimes against their batterers.

Support Governor Deal’s budget proposal, for additional civil legal assistance funding for victims of domestic violence with low incomes.

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Legislators were provided information about their local domestic violence programs, as well as an overview of Georgia’s sexual assault programs and domestic violence programs.  Based on the most recent service statistics of these programs, it is clear the need for services to victims is great.  From October 2013 through September 2014, Georgia’s 46 state-certified domestic violence programs, of which Cherokee Family Violence Center is one, provided services to over 30,404 victims and their children and answered nearly 61,415 crisis calls.  During that same time period, Georgia’s 22 state-funded sexual assault programs served 4,456 victims of rape and sexual assault, including 1,931 child victims, and answered over 8,819 crisis calls.

“Stop Violence Against Women Day gives us a chance to talk with legislators to ensure that the much needed funding remains stable, to ask for necessary changes to our laws to improve victim safety, and to share the incredible, life-saving work these programs do with their constituents,” says Jennifer Thomas, Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.  Thomas adds, “Current Georgia law should be modified to adequately hold repeat violent offenders of family violence accountable.”

Jan Christiansen, Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, agrees, “More and more we are hearing incidents where abusers convicted of a violent family violence felony are being rearrested and charged with misdemeanors. This gap in Georgia law is not increasing victim safety and we urge lawmakers to close this gap.”

GCADV Executive Director Jan Christiansen and GCFV Executive Director Jennifer Thomas on SVAW Day 2016

GCADV Executive Director Jan Christiansen and GCFV Executive Director Jennifer Thomas at the Capitol for SVAW Day 2016

During the day, proclamations about Stop Violence Against Women Day were read in both the Senate and the House.  The group from Cherokee County was present in the House Gallery for the proclamation, which was ready by Cherokee County’s own, Representative Mandi Ballinger, who recognized the attendees of the event.

In an exciting turn of events, the Senate voted unanimously in support of Senate Bill 193, which will strengthen prosecutors’ abilities to hold repeat domestic violence offenders accountable, by closing a gap in existing Georgia law, ensuring that a previous family violence battery conviction against the same victim or any family violence felony conviction against any household member would result in a subsequent family violence battery and would be punished as a felony.  After the vote, cheers erupted in the Capitol, which could be heard on the Senate floor.  The proposed legislation will now move on to the House for their consideration.

If you are interested in following the legislation as it moved through the Capitol this year, check out GCADV’s Public Policy Page and consider joining us for Stop Violence Against Women Day next year.

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Congratulations Rhiannon!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in of Help | 0 comments

Rhiannon Beard has become a valuable asset to the staff of the Cherokee Family Violence Center Legal Department while she has been completing a semester long undergraduate internship. This is her last week at CFVC but we have far more to celebrate than just her work – Rhiannon, a Junior studying Human Services at Kennesaw State University, just got hitched! Please join us in congratulating Rhiannon and Alec Wenzel and wish her well on her next adventure.

Congratulations Rhiannon & Alec!

Congratulations Rhiannon & Alec!

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CFVC Advocates Complete HSPD Citizens Police Academy

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in of Hope | 0 comments

Police Academy 2015

Brooke Larson, Det. Greg Bettis, Tommie DeGonzague and Lyndsey Little celebrate the completion of Holly Springs Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy on November 9, 2015.

Three Cherokee Family Violence Center Advocates completed the Holly Springs Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy earlier this week.  The Academy focuses on various aspects of law enforcement over a six week period.  The Advocates and nearly 20 other community members, attended weekly sessions intended to offer a historical perspective of American law enforcement and its current applications.  CFVC’s Family Support Coordinator, Brooke Larson, was one of the three Advocates to complete the Academy.  She offers, “I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.  Each week we focused on a different topic of police work.  We learned about detective work, the use of force, the functions of law enforcement and the daily risks law enforcement face.  The ride along with the police officer was one of the best parts!  He took the time to educate me about his career and what all it entails.”  Fellow Academy graduate and Legal Program Coordinator, Tommie DeGonzague, says her favorite part of the Academy was the gun safety course and adds, “completing the class gave me a better understanding of, and respect for the Holly Springs Police Department.  This experience will improve my advocacy for my clients because I am now better able to explain the role of law enforcement in Domestic Violence response.  Because of the classes, I also have a better working relationship with the officers in Holly Springs.”  Legal Advocate, Lyndsey Little also completed the course and is pictured here, along with Larson, DeGonzague and Detective Greg Bettis of the Holly Springs Police Department.  “The passionate and courageous men and women of the Holly Springs Police Department deserve to be thanked daily and kept safe by our community,” says Larson.  She continues, “Thank you again Holly Springs Police Department.  This was an unbelievable experience for me and I thank you today and every day.”  Congratulations to our Advocates and thanks to the Holly Springs Police Department for dedicating their time and service to our community.

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Happy Halloween from CFVC

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in of Hope | 0 comments

Cherokee Family Violence Center’s Family Support Coordinator, Brooke Larson, and Legal Program Coordinator, Tommie DeGonzague, made an interesting discovery outside of our office today!
We are in the Halloween spirit at CFVC and hope you and your family have a safe and spooktacular day.

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