For more than 40 years, PADV, the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Georgia, has provided professional, compassionate, and empowering support to battered women and their children in metro Atlanta. PADV began as an all-volunteer agency in 1975 and incorporated in 1977. Today the agency has 38 full- and part-time staff with an administrative office and two 24-hour emergency safe houses in Fulton and Gwinnett Counties. PADV provides all of its services free-of-charge to its clients.
24-Hour Crisis Line
The crisis line is oftentimes the only link to safety available for battered women and their children. The crisis line provides safety planning, information, and support to callers in immediate danger, and to those with questions about people who may be battered. Additionally, the crisis line offers referrals to community resources available throughout the state of Georgia.
Emergency Safe Houses
PADV operates two emergency safe houses, one in Fulton County and the other in Gwinnett County, to provide a haven for women and their children during crisis. During their stay, women and their children receive assistance with legal advocacy, support groups, clothing, food, and referrals for housing, childcare, transportation and job opportunities.
Children and Youth Program
PADV provides a comprehensive program to help children deal with their feelings about domestic violence. It becomes a safe place where young people can share their feelings individually and with each other. Through an outstanding curriculum, the program emphasizes education and recreational activities.
PADV provides an array of community-based services. These services are available for survivors who may not need safe house-based services but do need other resources which help them in their quest to live violence free.
Supportive Housing Program
The Supportive Housing Program is designed to assist battered women in their efforts to gain independence from their abusers. Specifically, the program offers rental, utility, childcare, employment, legal, and educational financial assistance as well as transitional housing to battered women working to live independently.
These services include preparing temporary protection orders, assisting clients in completing necessary paperwork, and advocating for the domestic violence survivor in the intimidating and complex judicial system.
Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program
Partnering with local schools and youth serving organizations, PADV is implementing a teen dating violence curriculum that increases their knowledge of non-violence conflict resolution, communication, and problem solving skills.
Outreach to the Community-At-Large
Education is the key to ending domestic violence. Battering is a serious crime and should not be ignored. PADV offers programs to educate police officers, judges, hospitals, businesses, legislators, child protection agencies, clergy, schools, the business community, and media about the issue of domestic violence and the toll it exacts on society.