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Be the Change!

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in of Help, of Hope | 0 comments

Volunteer Training March 2016

Gandhi said it best, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  We have taken that theme to heart, recognizing that we needed to restructure how we have been utilizing volunteers.  With fresh starts in mind, we now have a dedicated contact for volunteers in our Outreach Coordinator, Niki Lemeshka, and we have rebooted the volunteer training program at Cherokee Family Violence Center.  We are so excited about unveiling our new ideas and ways to be involved at our first volunteer training and are happy to be accepting signups for the training.

We are calling for individuals and groups who are interested in impacting change for victims of abuse to register for the two-day training, which will be held on March 10th (from 6-9PM) and March 12th (from 10AM-4PM) at the Bridgemill Community Room.  For questions about volunteering at CFVC, or to register for the training, please contact Niki at or (770) 479-1804 x215.

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Summer Safety Series

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in of Hope | 0 comments


Canton PD Badge

This summer we partnered with Canton Police Department in conducting a Summer safety series of workshops for the children of Hearthstone Landing!  Three workshops on topics including who to call for help, basic emergency safety, and internet safety were completed.  Officers even brought a police bicycle, motorcycle, and car for the kids to check out.  The workshops were a huge hit!

Canton pd

Thanks to everyone at Canton PD for participating, and to Officer Pacer Cordry for organizing the events.

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CFVC Receives PSSF Grant Funding

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in of Hope | 0 comments


CFVC recently received an award notice for a new grant, funded by Promoting Safe and Stable Families!  This new funding will allow us to expand our services and further meet the needs of our clients by overcoming the language and transportation barriers some of our clients face.  Stay tuned for more details!

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Statewide Spanish Language Domestic Violence Hotline Inaugurated

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in of Hope | 0 comments


Cherokee Family Violence Center hosted the official launch of Georgia’s first Statewide Hotline for Spanish speaking victims of Domestic Violence on July 18, 2014 at the Bluffs in Canton, Georgia.  The Inauguration celebrated a momentous day for victims of Domestic Violence who, for too long, have been isolated from safety and resources by lack of access to help in their native language.  CFVC Staff were joined at the event by allies, funders, Advocates, survivors and champions in the fight against Domestic Violence and the belief that access to safety should not depend on where you live in the state, or on the language that you speak.

CFVC is home to a thriving Multicultural Program, which had humble beginnings in 2002.  At that time discussions began as to how our agency could better reach and serve victims from the growing Latino community in Cherokee County.  Since that time, CFVC has consistently worked to overcome our own cultural ineffectiveness, addressing issues such as our lack of Spanish speaking Advocates, and the lack of culturally appropriate food and clothing in our shelter.  We have championed the work of challenging the growing anti-immigrant culture that was present in our community, and how the lack of access to supportive resources made it incredibly dangerous for Latino victims of Domestic Violence in Cherokee County.

It was in 2002, that CFVC identified a definitive need to establish a hotline so that Spanish speaking victims could access our services.  We determined the need for a staff with Advocates and volunteers that were bi-cultural and bilingual, and that truly understood the specialized needs of Spanish speaking victims.  We acknowledged the necessity of services to be offered 24 hours a day and, by the end of 2003, CFVC launched the Cherokee County 24 Hour Spanish Language Domestic Violence Hotline and Multicultural Program.

Since those humble beginnings, the CFVC Multicultural Program has assisted 346 families from 56 countries.  Under the current leadership of Pilar Sarmiento and the support of Vivian Keller, the Multicultural Program has continued to grow with the addition of specialized advocacy services, Spanish language support groups, housing assistance for immigrant victims escaping their abuse, translation and interpretation services for court hearings, and direct assistance to victims of Domestic Violence with qualifying immigration remedies such as U-Visas and VAWA relief.  It is with these building blocks in place, that we finally felt in a position to expand our services to Spanish speaking victims throughout the State of Georgia.

In 2013, CFVC applied for and was awarded a grant through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to provide a 24 hour hotline to Spanish speaking victims of Domestic Violence for the State of Georgia.  Using the existing Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline accessed at 1(800)33-HAVEN, callers now have the option to “Press 2” to be connected directly with a Spanish speaking Domestic Violence Advocate from anywhere in the State of Georgia.  The caller will be connected with a CFVC Advocate, who will then have the ability to provide lifesaving services to victims, in their own language, by conducting immediate safety planning and connecting them with the local Domestic Violence program in their area.

The scope of this project is matched by the talented staff of our Multicultural Program: Pilar Sarmiento (Multicultural Program Director), Vivian Keller (Advocate), Lorena Jacobo (Outreach Advocate), Claudia Estrada-Petit (Hotline Advocate), Isadora Fernandez-Velez (Hotline Advocate), Jessica Garcia (Hotline Advocate), Maria Martinez-Garcia (Hotline Advocate), and Mercedes Sherman (Hotline Advocate).  Each of the members of our Multicultural Program Staff were thanked by CFVC’s Executive Director, Meg Rogers, at the Inauguration Ceremony.  Our partners in this project, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence were also recognized during the event.

The Inauguration featured a keynote address on Immigrants and Domestic Violence by Dr. Julia Perilla, of the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University and a moving survivor story by CFVC Program participant, Maricela, who shared her appreciation for CFVC’s Multicultural Program and her hope that victims throughout the State will now be able to access the needed services that she was able to access in Cherokee County.

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CFVC joins Domestic and Sexual Violence Cohort Demonstration Project

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in of Hope | 0 comments

Full Frame Initiative

The Cherokee Family Violence Center is a member of the Full Frame Initiative’s Domestic and Sexual Violence (DSV) Cohort Demonstration Project. This Project is a multi-year endeavor bringing together 10 exemplary DSV organizations and a number of allies from across the country as a learning and action community. Together we will intentionally orient our work around the Five Domains of Wellbeing in order to reflect and support the “full frame” of survivors’ lives. This project will also pilot and refine participant assessment, tracking and outcome measure tools focused on the Five Domains of Wellbeing; evaluate the impact of the shift to a full frame approach on organizations and for survivors; and generate data about what works in helping survivors facing complex challenges.

In May 2014 FFI released a report of the DSV Cohort’s work and our collective call to action, to move the DSV field from services to reclaim our roots in social change and social justice.  A link to the DSV Cohort Report is available here.

DSV Cohort Members include:

Caminar Latino in Doraville, GA
Caminar Lation’s mission is to create possibilities for Latino families affected by violence to transform their lives and their communities. Caminar Latino has been serving the Latino community since 1990 and remains the first and only comprehensive domestic violence program for Latino families in Georgia.
Click here for more information about Caminar Latino.

Center for Hope and Healing in Lowell, MA
The Center for Hope and Healing (CHH) is dedicated to the healing and empowerment of survivors of rape and sexual assault through counseling, advocacy, and education and to preventing sexual violence in all its forms.
Click here for more information about the CHH.

The Cherokee Family Violence Center (CFVC) in Canton, GA
The Cherokee Family Violence Center’s mission is to enhance the safety of victims of intimate partner violence and their children through culturally and linguistically competent crisis intervention services.

Coburn Place Safe Haven in Indianapolis, IN
Coburn Place Safe Haven seek to improve intimate partner violence survivors’ immediate and long-term safety, overall well-being, long-term self-sufficiency, and permanent housing stability.
Click here for more information about Coburn Place Safe Haven.

District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) in Washington, DC
District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) is an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms.
Click here for more information about DASH.

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) in Washington, DC

DCCADV’s mission is to build a community where domestic violence is replaced with human dignity. We advance our mission through advocacy, community education, public policy, technical assistance and training, resource sharing and research.

Click here for more information about DCCADV.

Empower Yolo in Woodland, CA
[formerly: Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center (SADVC)]

Empower Yolo’s mission is to eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence through sensitive prevention, intervention, and treatment.
Click here for more information about Empower Yolo.

Friendship Home in Lincoln, NE
Friendship Home exists to support, shelter, and advocate for victims of domestic violence and their children. Our goal for them is to break the cycle of violence and surround them with lessons of hope, understanding and acceptance.
Click here for more information about Friendship Home.

New Orleans Family Justice Center in New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Family Justice Center is a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence, child abuse, sexual assault and stalking through prevention and coordinated response by providing comprehensive client – centered, empowerment services in a single location.
Click here for more information about the New Orleans Family Justice Center.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence in Waltham, MA
REACH is committed to advancing the safety, healing and empowerment of those who experience domestic or relationship violence through direct services and education while promoting social justice for individuals and families of all backgrounds.
Click here for more information about REACH.

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