GCVF 2019 Conference 2019 Conference Manual Draft | Page 4

LETTER FROM COMMISSION LEADERSHIP   Dear Friends of the Commission, On behalf of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV), we welcome you to the 25th Annual Family Violence Conference. For the past 25 years, GCFV has strived to create a conference that brings together local and national community stakeholders to share emerging and best practices to address domestic violence and sexual assault in Georgia. During that time, the conference has grown from a two-day retreat to three days of workshops with other 600 domestic violence advocates, sexual assault advocates, victim advocates, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, faith leaders, counselors, first responders, Family Violence Intervention Program providers and community members in attendance. Whether you’re a first-timer or you’ve been attending our conferences from the beginning, we are honored that you’ve joined us in Athens this year. In celebration of what we’ve achieved over the last 25 years and in the anticipation of challenges that lie ahead of us, our conference theme this year is Supporting Survivors and Restoring Hope: 25 Years Ago to 25 Years Ahead. Three highly-acclaimed keynotes and over 30 unique workshops will provide a time for attendees to reflect on the work we’ve achieved in the movement to end family violence over the last 25 years, and will frame current issues facing our movement and innovative ideas to address them. Additionally, we will be celebrating those in attendance who have been working in the field to end domestic and family violence for 25 years or more at our ​ Silver Lining Celebration held on Tuesday evening. Silver is the official anniversary gift for 25 years, and we look forward to the gifts these leaders will share as they provide their own reflections on the movement and their hopes for the future. We offer a very special thank you to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for their financial support of this conference. Due to their contribution, scholarships were available for domestic violence advocates, sexual assault advocates, Division of Family and Children Services personnel, Department of Community Supervision officers, and 911 operators. Additional scholarships for judges were awarded by the Judicial Council Administrative Office of the Courts. Stephanie Woodard Commission Chair Jacqueline Bunn Commission Member, Conference Co-Chair Michele Bedingfield Commission Member, Conference Co-Chair Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in workshops and keynotes are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, position, or opinion of the Georgia Commision on Family Violence or individual Commission members. 3