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Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children records

Identifier: W049

Scope and Content of the Records

The Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children records are organized into three series: (I) Organizational files; (II) Printed materials; and (III) Audiovisual materials. Series I, Organizational files, documents the legal advocacy and training aspects of the group during the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the activities of the staff members in national and regional committees and task forces designed to combat domestic violence. Also included in this series are statistical reports on incidences of domestic violence from the Georgia shelters, as well as files on grant writing and funding sources. Series II, printed materials, includes training and resource manuals, manuals on legal aspects of domestic violence, curriculum guides, conference proceedings, and papers and reports on issues relating to domestic violence. Although some of the printed materials were written by the staff of GABWC, many of the items in printed materials were generated by other national and regional organizations. Series III, audiovisual materials, includes audiocassette tapes, videotapes, and reel-to-reel audiotapes. These materials include public service announcements, interviews as well as audio and video resources on various aspects of domestic violence, including law enforcement and justice, children and child advocacy, and caring for women affected by domestic violence.


  • 1971-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1981 - 1997


Restrictions on Access

Videos 30 and 31 may not be viewed or duplicated.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

The collection contains some copies of videotapes (V1-V5, Series III) that may not be reproduced without permission of the owner of the original.

History of The Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children

The Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children began as an all-volunteer feminist agency in the early 1980s. The first coalition of all Georgia shelters for abused women, the organization was originally known as the Georgia Network Against Domestic Violence (GNADV). The GNADV functioned in a variety of ways: It dispersed state funds to the Georgia shelters, it provided training and other resources for the shelters, and it acted as an advocacy group for abused women and children, including legislation and legal advocacy for dealing with the problem. During the late 1980s the organization also worked extensively with individuals and groups that were interested in starting shelters in their own communities.

The organization changed its name to the Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children (GABWC) in the early 1990s, following the division of the organization into two separate groups. One of these two groups developed into the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an organization that continues to operate in Georgia. The GABWC ceased to receive state funds, but it continued as an advocacy group for battered women and children until the organization closed its doors in 2000.

Margo Smith served as Director of the GNADV from about 1985 to 1990. Qiyamah Rahman was also on the staff as Organizational Developer between 1987 and June 1989. Cutbacks resulting from the loss of GNADV's state monies eliminated this position as well as that of the Administrative Assistant. In addition to staff members, during the 1980s the organization also had a Board of Directors composed of an Executive Committee (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer), Task Forces (Battered and Formerly Battered Women, Women of Color), and Committees (including Development, Finance, and Membership). B. J. Bryson was associated with GNADV when she served as the co-chair of the Women of Color Task Force (1987) and as Georgia Representative and Steering Committee member of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) until about 1991.

After a period during which the organization functioned without a Director, Suzannah Pogue took over the newly named Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children from about 1993 to 1997. Diane Winters became a member of the staff beginning in about 1997. During the final year of GABWC, Catherine Hires served as President of the Board of Directors, and Wendy Lipshutz, who had been associated with the organization since 1993, acted as Vice-President.


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The Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children began as an all-volunteer feminist agency in the early 1980s. The Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children records are organized into three series: (I) Organizational files; (II) Printed materials; and (III) Audio-visual materials.

Acquisition Information

Donated by M. Catherine Hires, October 27, 2000; April 5, 2001.

Online Availability:

Several items have been digitized and are available online at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

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  3. Activist Women Oral History collection, 2006- (W071)
  4. Georgia Commission on Family Violence records, 1985-2011 (W097)
  5. Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence records, 1995-2010 (W098)
  6. Qiyamah A. Rahman papers, 1989-1998 (W103)
  7. Susan May papers, 1979-circa 1985 (W106)
  8. Diane Winters papers, 1974-2001 (W107)
  9. Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts collection, 1989-2006 (W130)
  10. Men Stopping Violence, Inc. records, 1982-2006 (W066)

Separated Materials

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Periodicals (W-Periodicals), see finding aid or online catalog for access

  1. ACADV News, April-June 1996
  2. The Advocate, January, March, April, June, July, August, September, October 1996; February, March, April, May, June, July, December 1997; January, February, March, May, July 1998
  3. Africana Womyn's Voices, Spring 1997
  4. The Alliance Talks, January, February 1998
  5. Alternatives, Summer 1994
  6. America's Challenges, August 1996
  7. Bridging the Gap, March 1993
  8. California Hospital Emergency Departments Response to Domestic Violence -- Survey Report, August 1993
  9. The CCADV Update: A Publication of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Fall 1996
  10. CCR News, Summer 1992
  11. CCADV Voice: A Publication of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Spring 1997
  12. Change, Fall 1996
  13. ChildNet Update, April 1994
  14. Children & Youth Funding Report, August, 1997
  15. Children's Monitor, September 1997
  16. Clothesline Project Newsletter, August 1993
  17. Coalition Reporter (New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women), April 1996
  18. Common Ground - Different Planes, April, December 1988
  19. Council on Elder Abuse and Neglect, September 1987; September 1989; March, June 1991
  20. Courts and Communities: Confronting Violence in the Family, Spring 1996
  21. Crisis Connection, Summer 1996
  22. Dakotah Cassandra: North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services/Coalition Against Sexual Assault in North Dakota, April 1998
  23. Dating Violence Intervention Project Newsletter, Summer 1989
  24. Diologue, Summer 1999
  25. Domestic Abuse Project: Training and Research Update, August 1996; February, September 1997
  26. Double-time, Spring/Summer 1993; December 1993; September 1994; February 1995; December 1996
  27. Elder Abuse Report, June, September 1986Emerge, March 1988
  28. Hospitality, September 1996; February 1998
  29. In Our Vision, Summer 1996
  30. In Touch, March, June 1996
  31. Injury Control Update, Winter 1996; Fall 1997; Winter/Spring 1997
  32. Interact!, Spring 1993
  33. JurisMonitor, Summer 1993
  34. Juvenile and Family Justice, Summer 1995
  35. Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Newsletter, June 1996
  36. The Latest (a monthly bulletin to the members of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence), November 1997; January, February, March 1998; June/July 1999
  37. The Link, Spring 1998
  38. Louisiana Youth Care, Summer 1999
  39. MCADSV (Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence) Review, Winter 1998
  40. The Naseeha, February 1987
  41. The National Alliance, November 1987
  42. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, June/July 1993; December/January, Spring, March, Summer, August, Winter 1994
  43. National Democratic Women's Network Action Alert, April, June, July 1996
  44. National Institution of Justice/Research in Action, November/December 1986; May/ June 1987; July, August 1988
  45. National Institution of Justice/Research in Brief, August 1987
  46. National Institute of Justice/NIJ Reports, May/June 1987
  47. National NewsWork News, Spring, Summer 1996
  48. The NCADV Child Advocacy Task Force Bulletin, No. 1, 1987; July 1988; Spring 1991
  49. NCADV Update, February/March 1991; April 1993; January/February, February/March, May/June 1995
  50. NCADV Voice, Fall 1987; Winter 1993; Winter 1994; Winter 1995; 1998 - No.1
  51. NCJRS Catalog, May/June 1996
  52. NDVHotlines, July/August, Fall 1994; Winter/Spring 1995; Spring, Summer 1996
  53. Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition, Fall 1987; September 1993; May, August 1996; January, June 1997
  54. Network News (Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence), 1987-1997
  55. Network News (Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence), June/July 1982; March/April 1988
  56. The Network News (The Network for Battered Lesbians and Bisexual Women), Winter 1996; Spring 1997; Winter 1999
  57. New Beginnings, Winter 1996
  58. The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Newsletter, September/October 1995; January/February, Summer 1996; Winter, Spring, Fall 1997; Winter 1998
  59. New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Summer 1992
  60. Newsletter, April 1986; November/December 1987
  61. Newsletter Connections, Spring/Summer 1998
  62. Newsletter: National Network for Women in Prison, Winter 1995-1996
  63. The Newsletter of the South California Coalition on Battered Women, Winter 1985; July 1988; Winter/Spring 1997
  64. Nexus, Summer 1996
  65. North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Spring 1996; Spring 1998
  66. NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, May 1998
  67. OUTLOUD: Voices of Women of Color (California Women of Color Against Domestic Violence), July 1986
  68. OVC Bulletin, December 1992
  69. Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program Victims' Hotline, Fall 1997
  70. The People's Law, Spring, Summer 1996
  71. PFLAG (Parents and Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), Summer 1998
  72. Program Evaluation Newsletter, January/February 1998
  73. The Reminder, April 1995
  74. Report On Parole, Summer 1998
  75. Research Applications, Fall 1993; Spring 1996
  76. Research Report, Fall 1998
  77. The River, August/September 1986; Summer-Fall 1997
  78. Safe Passage, Spring 1996; Spring 1998
  79. SANE News, September 1985
  80. SECADV News, 1982
  81. Semillas, Junio 1985
  82. Sheriff Times, Winter 1999
  83. Snapshots, March 1998
  84. Speaking Up, November, December 1994; February, March, April, July, August 1995; March 1996
  85. State Justice Institute (SJI) News, Spring 1995; May 1996; January, Spring 1998
  86. SUI JURIS, Winter/Spring 1993
  87. Stop Watch, Fall 1998
  88. Symposium (Supreme Court of Georgia), Spring, Summer 1996; Winter 1997
  89. 21st Save the Children, April 1998
  90. Update: Fulton County Prevention Resource Center at PRIDE, February 1998
  91. Update: The Newsletter of the Southern California Coalition on Battered Women, Spring/Summer, Fall 1996; Winter/Spring, Spring/Summer 1997
  92. Update on Human Behavior, Vol. 8, No. 2A; Vol. 14, No. 3, No. 4
  93. Uptake, July 1995; July 1996; Summer/Fall 1997
  94. VCPN: Virginia Child Protection Newsletter, Spring 1986
  95. Victim Policy Pipeline, Winter 1995; Summer 1996; June 1997
  96. Victims' Hotline, Summer, Fall, Winter 1992
  97. Violence Update, March 1993
  98. The Voice (Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence Newsletter), Special Edition Issues I, IV, V; Winter 1996
  99. Voice Against Violence, Fall 1996
  100. Voices Against Violence (A Publication of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence), Summer 1996; Summer 1997; Winter 1998
  101. Voice for Quality, Spring 1999
  102. We Help, August 1996
  103. WHY Connections, Winter 1998
  104. Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence Newsletter, March, September 1993; June, September 1996; Spring, Fall, Winter 1997
  105. Wives Tales, 1985
  106. Women and Global Corporation, Fall 1987
  107. The Women's Advocate, September, November 1987; January, April, June, August, October, December 1988; February, May, July, September 1989; July, September 1990; January, March 1991; July, September, November; January, May, November 1993; January, March 1994; January, March, May, July 1995; January-March, March-July 1996
  108. Women's Health and Disease Management, September - October 1996
  109. Women's Health Issues, September/October 1998
  110. Working Together to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence, Fall 1985
  111. WRConnection, May 1995
  112. You Can Make a Difference!, [undated]

Separated Materials: Items Transferred to Law Library, Georgia State University

  1. [Booklet:] Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials: Annual Winter Convention, Atlanta GA, February 28-March 1, 1997

Separated to Women's Printed Collection: Pamphlets

  1. "Administering the Family Violence Shelter" 1982. [Family Violence]
  2. "Batterer Intervention: Program Approaches and Criminal Justice Strategies." 1998. [Domestic Violence]
  3. "Best Practices: Innovative Domestic Violence Programs in Health Care Settings" 1997. [Domestic Violence]
  4. "Breaking Free from Domestic Violence." undated [Domestic Violence]
  5. "Calculating Intimate Danger." 1999. [Victim of Crimes--Service for]
  6. "Changing Metro Atlanta." 1984. [Georgia--Data]
  7. "Community Checklist: Important Steps To End Violence Against Women." 1996. [Women and Violence]
  8. "Compensating Crime Victims: a Summary of Policies and Practices." 1992. [Domestic Violence]
  9. "Domestic Mistreatment of the Elderly -- Towards Prevention" 1989. [Abused Elderly]
  10. "Domestic Violence Resource Network." undated [Domestic Violence]
  11. "Elder Abuse: Questions and Answers." 1992. [Abused Elderly]
  12. "The Facts About Rape in Atlanta." 1988. [Rape--US--Georgia]
  13. "Family Violence: Improving Court Practice." 1990. [Family Violence]
  14. "Family Violence: Legislative Update." 1995. [Family Violence]
  15. "Family Violence: Your Legal Rights and Options." 1991. [Family Violence]
  16. "Female Homicide Victims in New York City 1990-1994." [Women--Crimes Against--United States]
  17. "Guide to Connecticut's Family Violence Laws, A" 1989. [Family Violence]
  18. "Guidelines For Mental Health Practitioners in Domestic Violence Cases" 1987. [Domestic Violence]
  19. "Handbook for Beaten Women." 1985. [Domestic Violence]
  20. "How Can I Help Her? Information on Domestic Abuse for Persons Working with Refugee Women in the Greater Atlanta Area." undated [Domestic Violence]
  21. "How to Relieve -- not Prolong -- Abuse" 1986. [Domestic Violence]
  22. "In Search of Love: Dating Violence Among Urban Youth." 1996. [Dating Violence]
  23. "Insurance Discrimination Against Victims of Domestic Violence" 1998. [Domestic Violence]
  24. "Into the Light: a Guide for Battered Women" 1997. [Domestic Violence]
  25. "Laws Governing The Practice of Lobbying in the State of Georgia." [Lobbying]
  26. "Manual on Transitional Housing, A" 1986. [Women's Shelters]
  27. "Misunderstood Crime, the: a Helpful Book about Battered Women" 1985. [Domestic Violence]
  28. "National Victims Resource Center." [National Victims Resource Center (U.S.)]
  29. "Route to Safety, A" 1991. [Domestic Violence]
  30. "Rules and Regulations for Family Violence Shelters" 1984. [Family Violence]
  31. "Silence on Domestic Violence, the" 1995. [Domestic Violence]
  32. "Sisters." 1979. [African-American-Women]
  33. "Stopping Sexual Assault in Marriage: a Guide for Women, Counselors and Advocates." 1986. [Rape and Marriage]
  34. "Texas Council on Family Violence." 1982. [Family Violence]
  35. "The Trauma of Violence." undated [Domestic Violence]
  36. "Understanding Domestic Violence: Fact Sheets" [Domestic Violence]
  37. "Urban Nomads." 1997 [Urban Poor]
  38. "When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 1996 Homicide Data." 1998. [Women--Crimes Against--United States]
  39. "When Victims Have a Right to Know." 1999. [Victim of Crimes--Service for]
  40. "When Violence Hits Home: Important Survival Tips." undated [Domestic Violence]
  41. "Wife Abuse in the Medical Setting." 1981. [Domestic Violence]
  42. "Women of the Rural South: Economic Status and Prospects." 1986. [Rural Women--Southern States]

Processing Information

Processed by Christine de Catanzaro at the file level, April 2004. Some of the files in this collection were grouped according to topic when Special Collections received these records. Otherwise the collection had no apparent organization on receipt. Current order was established by the Special Collections Department, based upon content. A small number of oversize items have been described in their appropriate series and housed in the Women's Collections oversize materials. Reference copies of audio and videotapes are housed with the collection. Newspaper clippings and selected other manuscript items have been photocopied for preservation purposes.
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Revision Statements

  • 2005: EAD edited by Amanda Brown.
  • 2007: EAD edited by William Hardesty.

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