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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health

Mission: PADV works to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors.

Results: PADV is embarking on a capital campaign to increase our capacity in Gwinnett county. We will be able to serve 50% more women and children January 1, 2013 upon successful completion of the campaign.

Target demographics: Women and children in the Metro Atlanta and outlying areas

Direct beneficiaries per year: 18,000

Programs: 1. 24-hour crisis line 2. Operates two Safe Houses 3. Legal advocacy 4. Support groups for women and children 5. Teen dating violence prevention 6. Domestic Violence in the Workplace prevention

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 1

In October 2009, My ex wife left me and used allegations of abuse as one of her tools.
The Advocate in the court room played the drama up and using " fear of " was able to limit my own input into the dissolution of my family.
A vistation sched ule was established and when I ended up with my girls over some holiday time fresh charges were alleged in order to have a TPO in place over the holidays.
After 3 times through with this nonsense, after a TPO was dropped AGAIN, I asked the judge If I was allowed to file charges based on false report, harrassment , PERJURY to get the harrassment to end. Instead of protecting my children and their relationship with me Judge Walker decided to instead protect his political career and defer any decision until my divorce. It was 2 years before I was allowed to enjoy a meaningful relationship with my daughters.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHOULD BE A CRIME NOT A DIVORCE TOOL

If the same case had been tried in a criminal court both sides would have been allowed representation and if a man was found guilty he would be place in jail with guards providing protection for the victim rather than a useless piece of paper

In an effort to put cases on their books and look useful this fraudulent organization ruined my life

1 Holli L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with PADV in a number of settings to educate youth about cybersafety and cyberbullying/bullying. I think the work PADV does is fantastic, and their professional staff is excellent!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The survivor-led non-profit works tirelessly to provide a safe haven for women and their families. Their work is nothing short of life-changing and their client-first, empowerment approach to both case management and other services they provide makes a huge difference in the lives of the families they serve as well as in the entire community. Their teen dating violence program is especially influential as it is hugely important in terms of ending the cycle of violence and providing youth with the knowledge and tools to form healthy relationships based on equality and shared power. I have no doubt that the 18,000+ women and children the organization serves each year would agree that PADV provides life-saving and life-altering interventions that are absolutely essential to our communities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have worked with PADV on the Domestic Violence TASK Force, they have been there to offer support and tools in the fight against domestic violence. PADV is a great resource in the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My company has worked with PADV for almost nine years. During that time, they have exceeded our expectations in every way. Someone is always available and responds quickly to problems as they arise. PADV is an organization that we use frequently as a referral source and hear good things from the clients we refer to them. Our particular liaison is always on duty and willing to do the extra steps needed to ensure the safety of the victims with whom they are entrusted.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My company has worked with PADV for almost eight years. During that time, they have exceeded our expectations in every way. Someone is always available and responds quickly to problems as they arise. PADV is an organization that we use frequently as a referral source and hear good things from the clients we refer to them. Our particular liaison is always on duty and willing to do the extra steps needed to ensure the safety of the victims with whom they are entrusted.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Partnership Against Domestic Violence for the past four years. Laura and the entire staff at PADV return phone calls and e-mails quickly and always find a time to help survivors of domestic violence. This agency is extremely easy to work with. Just recently a survivor contacted me to tell me that her former boyfriend won't leave her alone, has broken in to her home a couple of times and stole her car and took her kids. The police were able to locate her car and children safely. I notified Laura at PADV and she was able to secure her moving assistance so she and her children can move out of Atlanta to live with her mother. This woman can now sleep at night and not worry that this man is going to break into her apartment again. Thanks so much to Laura and PADV.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have collaborated with PADV multiple times over the past year and a half and the staff there is phenomenal. They are professional and put on fantastic trainings and learning opportunities for those in the field and in the community as well. PADV is a great example of an organization that is more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise to help others and always welcomes the opportunity to learn from others in turn.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PADV goes out of their way not only to help victims of domestic violence, but to save lives of those who have not yet seeked help against their attacker. Recently, Ms. Barton spoke at my University for a Take Back The Night campaign. One of the most important things she did was have everyone put PADV's phone number in their phones. I thought this was so important as many victims do not know where to seek help. She gave them the answer and hopefully the courage to call. - Heather

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PADV goes out of their way not only to help victims of domestic violence, but to save lives of those who have not yet seeked help against their attacker. Recently, Ms. Barton spoke at my University for a Take Back The Night campaign. One of the most important things she did was have everyone put PADV's phone number in their phones. I thought this was so important as many victims do not know where to seek help. She gave them the answer and hopefully the courage to call. - Heather

Morgan L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned for Partnership Against Domestic Violence, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women and children cope with the effects of being victim to domestic violence. I interned there for three months.
Since my first day of my internship, it has been nothing less than amazing. My supervisor, Laura Barton, who is also the community outreach director at PADV (Partnership Against Domestic Violence), has been the most amazing mentor/supervisor ever. Working at PADV has really equipped me with the skills I believe are a necessity in staying competitive in the workplace.
From the day I started I was given responsibility. There was no micro-managing or going to get coffee. My internship reminded me of an economics course I had previously taken; Intro to Organizational Management. I acted as my own manager and though at first it seemed scary, I learned as I went throughout the day. During my time there, I did research, edited PowerPoint’s, input data, contacted clients, designed pamphlets, etc. I had my own office which was very nice and rare for an intern. I actually felt part of the team. Every time I completed a major task, or designed a pamphlet, praise rang through the halls. My supervisor was always very encouraging. Whether she knows it or not, she actually helped me develop the confidence to go for what I wanteceived and email. The environment was quite different than I expected it to be. I think that it is rare in which you find a place where everyone you meet is personable and approachable. I don’t think that future jobs or internships that I have will compare to that of PADV. Working with PADV has been an amazing venture. My time there was very well spent and I look forward to interning/volunteering with their organization next fall when I have the time. I wish that everyone could have experienced what I experienced while at PADV.

Barakoti

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have collaborated with PADV on numerous occasions over the years. Their staff and programs are professional, survivor centered and always reaching for excellence. They partner with many non-profits in the area providing supportive services and increase the options for survivors to choose from, helping them made informed decisions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a gay male who without PADV would still be in a violent relationship. PADV crossed barriers to help me retain my life an dignity. I get emotional when I. Think of all they helped me get threw. Ms. Laura Barton an staff has done a awesome Job and I pray that this organization is around for years to come.

1 Tonja

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked for years with the staff from PADV. They set the standard for all domestic violence agencies in Georgia. Their work is professional to the highest standard and their care and support for survivors is beyond compare. The staff work very hard in very difficult jobs. They are constantly striving to find innovative and compassionate ways to support those affected by intimate partner violence. I cannot say enough about this organization or the people who make it run. They set the standard within the state for serving survivors.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with staff from PADV for more than five years now. They are tireless advocates for survivors. PADV works relentlessly to ensure that domestic violence survivors and their friends and family have the support they need to heal. I want to personally thank everyone I know at PADV for the difficult jobs they do every day. They make my community a better place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Do you know what it feels like to have the man you love nearly choke you to death while your children watch? I do. During our four years together, I experienced all kinds of abuse at the hands of my husband, the kind of abuse that doesn't just break your bones: It breaks your spirit. Beaten and broken - and literally broke (I had $87 to my name) - I ended up in a PADV shelter with my two small children and one suitcase. It changed my life. For the first time in four years, when I went to sleep at night I felt safe because I knew no one was going to pull me out of bed at 2 a.m. and beat me senseless because I had not finished the laundry or the bathroom wasn't cleaned. For the first time in years, I felt like someone cared about me. I felt like I mattered. I lived with my children in the PADV shelter for seven weeks. From the support groups to the legal aid to the friendships I built while there, PADV helped me put the pieces of my life back together again. It wasn't just that they gave us sheets and towels and food - they gave women like me a chance to find ourselves again, to find our strength. Today, I co-own a successful business and am raising two "tween-agers" who are happy, healthy straight A students. I would not be where I am now withouth the support I received from PADV.

Sherry L.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a past volunteer and employee of PADV, giving of my time and energy to an organization dedicated to providing a way out of abuse for women and their families, was enjoyable! Enjoyable because a platform existed where I could serve the interest of women who needed that extra support through various resources and programs such as FACE TO FACE and TRANSITONAL HOUSING. When I came on as an employee, I would literally forget I had a payday!

I have since returned to PADV as co-facilitator of their support group and am happy to see and be part of an organization that continues to champion support to women and their families through greater awareness with WHEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GOES TO WORK, TEEN DATING VIOLENCE, and other programs. And, it' so nice to see more male volunteers supporting PADV's mission!

cristinaj

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have had several opportunities to help out with PADV. They are a wonderful organization to work! I have gotten to see the wonderful service the provide in aiding women dealing with domestic violence. It is extremely pleasing and rewarding knowing there is help for Spanish speakers as well. Job well done. ! Look forwarding to volunteering in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at PADV has been a wonderful experience over the past couple of months. I have enjoyed assisting in child care and providing administrative services for this organization. Even if it was something as small as preparing volunteer packets for an orientation, I have had the pleasure of assisting in any way possible. PADV is a wonderful agency that provides a wide range of opportunities to assist women and children who are affected by domestic violence. I especially enjoyed volunteering at Hearts with Hope in the silent auction. I truly believe that PADV will continue to prosper in all of its efforts to support a good cause and I will continue to volunteer my time.

Octavia M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PADV is an organization that truly operates to help! When I arrived to Georgia in 2006 I contacted the organization ahead of time to let them know that I would need assistance in getting on my feet. They responded immediately to my needs. Once I obtained a living quarters they assisted with helping me get furniture for my child and I. Food, cookware, clothing, and toys because this was near Christmas.

To me the most effective thing this organzation did for me was the offer the weekly DV Support groups. There was never anything I needed in a timely manner that PADV did not give me. Even if it meant helping pay rent for me for a month or two because I was behind on bills.

Because of the support from this organization I am now in balanced more than ever before. I have learned potential signs of a violent partner through the groups. I have learned that I can make it and that help is out there when needed. Lastly, I have learned that now I can give back. With the support of PADV I was able to get back in school and obtain my biggest goal in Georgia which was my B.A. Degree within four years. They helped my transition be as smooth as possible and now I attribute my success to their labor.

Thank you PADV!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with PADV for over a year and I have seen how the organization changes the lives of domestic violence survivors. I tell people all the time what a life-saving organization it is and what resources are available. I believe that giving someone the opportunity to feel safe and start a new life that is violence-free is such an important mission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of volunteering with the organization, attending trainings held by its passionate staff, and collaborating professionally with the team at PADV. Every staff person's passion and dedication is evident in everything they do, and the women of Atlanta would be worse off if not for PADV.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PADV has generously helped other organizations in finding creative ways to serve clients who don't have established resources. Survivors in the LGBTQQI population are much better served because of PADV's collaborative efforts.