PADV works to end the crime of intimate partner violence and to empower its survivors.
Partnership Against Domestic Violence (formerly the Council on Battered Women) began as a volunteer agency in 1975. The organization became incorporated in 1977. Today the agency has over 40 full and part-time staff with an administrative office in Decatur and two 24-hour emergency shelters in Fulton and Gwinnett Counties.
All volunteers must be 18 years old or older. Due to state regulations, we are not allowed to have minors volunteer or accompany volunteers in the shelters.
Many PADV volunteers are survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). However, if you are a survivor of IPV or have experienced a loss due to IPV, we ask that you wait a minimum of 12 months before volunteering as a Direct Service volunteer with PADV.
In order to maintain continuity of service and effective communication, we prefer that shelter volunteers sign up for an average of a minimum of four hours per month.
Volunteering opportunities at PADV are NOT available for those who are looking to fulfill court-ordered community service requirements.
PADV is hugely instrumtental in saving the lives of battered women and their children. If you heard the testimony of just one of the women that is alive today due to PAVD's services and assistance, you'd volunteer too. Some of the stories are so horrific, it's hard to image anyone suffering in such a way. The cruelty and violence that these women have suffered is liken to the violence in third world countries, but instead it's here in our community, sadly it's your co-worker, your Childs teacher at school, the Sunday school teacher at church, your hair dresser, your Sister, or your Mom. Kudos to PAVD! you're a life saver & thanks to you, so am I!