Tracy Graham Lawson
Harold R. Banke Justice Center
9151 Tara Boulevard
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Phone: (770) 477-3450
Fax: (770) 477-4577
The Clayton Coalition Against Violence is a community collaborative partnership comprised of approximately 40 governmental and non-governmental Clayton County community service providers.
The mission of the Coalition is to implement a coordinated community response to domestic violence for the prevention of violence and the protection of victims. Further, our goal is to educate victims, perpetrators, and the community on domestic violence issues and their effects on our community.
Community partners work together to:
- Promote changes in societal attitude and systematic problems that prevent meaningful improvement and resolution of the problems associated with domestic violence;
- Encourage the coordination of existing public and private resources in the best interest of the men, women and children impacted by domestic violence in Clayton County;
- Promote the availability of public and private services needed by the perpetrators and victims of domestic violence; and
- Promote the prevention of domestic violence through education about its causes and symptoms, and its effects on individuals and the community-at-large.
Domestic Violence - Facts
- In the United States, a woman is battered every 9 seconds. There are over 3 million incidents of domestic violence every year.
- In the United States, domestic violence causes more injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
- Domestic violence can be fatal. In this country, one third of homicides are related to domestic violence. Every year over 4000 victims of domestic violence are killed. Approximately 40% of female homicides are caused by their husband or boyfriend.
- Batterers can be anyone. Domestic violence is not related to age, profession, wealth, race, religion or education level.
- Domestic violence is not caused by the victim or by stress, alcohol, or drugs. Studies have determined that there is no set of personality traits that describe victims of domestic violence. It is the batterer who is responsible for the abuse, not the victim.
- Domestic violence can leave victims feeling trapped and unable to help themselves. Victims of domestic violence often feel isolated, powerless, fearful, guilty, and dependent financially and/or physically.
Art by Jonesboro High School Student Mary Castañeda
The Clayton Coalition Against Family Violence was presented the "Task Force of the Year" award by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence at their 19th Annual Conference on September 10, 2013 for their tireless efforts, through a true coordinated community response, to improve the lives of domestic violence victims and their children.