The Intimate Partner Violence Working Group (IPVWG) includes representatives from Emory University and Emory Healthcare who are concerned about the impact of this serious problem on our campus and the greater community.

IPVWG Goal: To recommend an Emory action plan with specific strategies for addressing the issues of intimate partner violence (IPV) and dating violence.

IPVWG Mission: To increase awareness of intimate partner violence (IPV) and dating violence defined as physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, financial, medical, and spiritual abuse used to exert power and control of one partner over another. The IPV Working Group (IPVWG) will develop strategies to educate Emory students, faculty and staff about IPV and dating violence within the context of the greater community. As part of its strategy recommendations, the IPVWG will formulate a communications plan to bolster awareness about the resources available to assist individuals in abusive or neglectful partnerships.

Intimate Partner Violence Working Group

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Safety Planning

Having a safety plan can help you stay safe!

If you are still with your partner...

  1. Think of a safe place to go if there is an argument—avoid rooms with no exit (bathroom) or rooms with weapons (kitchen).
  2. Think about and make a list of safe people to contact.
  3. Keep money with you at all times.
  4. Memorize all important telephone numbers.
  5. Establish a code word or sign so that family, friends, neighbors, teachers or co-workers know when to call for help.
  6. Keep important papers with you such as social security cards, birth certificates, etc…
  7. Don’t try to argue or reason with your partner. You can’t change your partner’s behavior.
  8. Protect your face with your hands and arms, if your partner hits you. If knocked down, curl up in a ball protecting your head, face, and stomach.
  9. Back the car in the driveway and keep it filled with gas. Keep the driver’s door unlocked.
  10. Call our crisis line at 404.873.1766 v/tty for help in making your personal safety plan.
  11. Keep your cell phone fully charged.

If you have left your partner...

  1. Change your phone number.
  2. Screen your phone calls.
  3. Save and document all contacts, messages, injuries or other incidents involving the batterer.
  4. Change locks, if the batterer has a key.
  5. Avoid staying home alone.
  6. Plan how to get away if your batterer shows up.
  7. If you have to meet your former partner, do it in a public place.
  8. Notify school, work and childcare contacts that you have left your abusive partner.
  9. Vary your routine.
  10. Call our crisis line at 404.873.1766 v/tty for help in making your personal safety plan.


To increase my safety, I can do some or all of the following:

  1. When I talk to my abuser in person, I can _______________________________.
  2. When I talk to my abuser on the phone, I can ____________________.
  3. I will make up a code word for my family, coworkers, neighbors, teachers or friends, so they know when to call for help for me. My code word is ________________________________.
  4. When I feel threatened, I will try to move to a place where I have the least chance of getting hurt, such as ________________________________.
  5. I can tell my family, coworkers, boss or friends about my situation. I feel safe telling: _________________________.
  6. I can use an answering machine or ask my co-workers, friends or other family members to screen my calls and visitors. I have the right not to receive harassing phone calls. I can ask _____________________________ or _______________________________to help screen my calls.
  7. I can keep coins for phone calls with me at all times.
  8. Keep my cell phone fully charged.
  9. When leaving work I can _______________________________ to protect myself.
  10. When walking, riding or driving home, if problems occur, I can _______________________________to protect myself.
  11. I can call 911 and/or 404.873.1766 v/tty if I need help.

Violence within an intimate partner relationship is designed to be an act of control and may take on many forms including physical, psychological, economic and/or sexual abuse. Below you will find some SIGNS/CHARACTERISTICS of an abusive relationship. The listed behaviors are often exhibited by the abuser.

  • Utilizes physical, sexual or psychological force to control behaviors
  • Utilizes force to make the individual become compliant with requests
  • Blames you for all the wrong mishaps in their life
  • Frequently questions mock or criticize your decision making
  • Calls excessively make frequent visits to your job or monitor your every move
  • Makes accusations about your whereabouts or wrongfully accuses you of being involved with someone else
  • Minimizes your accomplishments or goals
  • Inquires constantly about where you are going and who you are with
  • Strives to alienate you from friends and family
  • Makes accusations of you flirting and/or having sexual relationships with others
  • Exhibits extreme difficulty in controlling aggressive and/or emotional outbursts
  • Monitors your appearance (i.e. makes negative comments about your attire, makeup, etc.)
  • Will become overly accommodating and romantic after an intense argument or physical assault; however, the aggressive behavior is likely to follow soon at any given moment
  • Blames you for how he/she feels
  • Withholds money and other forms of support to meet your basic living expenses
  • Makes threats to hurt you or your family
  • Becomes easily agitated and explosive over trivial situations
  • Alienates you from making any important decisions, whether these decisions are related to financial matters, childrearing, etc.
  • Forces you to have sex with the abuser and/or other people
  • Calls you derogatory names (i.e. slut, whore, etc.) in an attempt to reduce your self-esteem/self-worth
  • Limits your access to financial resources and requires you to seek permission to make any financial decisions
  • Assesses your clothing to determine if there is any evidence that you have been involved with someone else

Emory Healthcare and Emory University

The IPVWG has coordinated a network of Emory Resource Partners to increase awareness, prevention and intervention efforts related to intimate partner violence. Our goal is to reduce the impact and incidence of this issue for members of our community. The resources include the following organizations:

800 Hotline 800-33-HAVEN (334-2836)
Men Stopping Violence 404-688-1376
United Way Helpline 404-614-1000   (or 211)
Black Church & Domestic Violence 800-547-0060
Georgia Commission on Family Violence 404-657-3412
Raksha Network for South Asians 404-876-0828
Refugee Family Services 404-299-2243
Dekalb Rape Crisis Center 404-377-1429
Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault 678-701-2700
Tapestri Refugee & Immigrant Coalition 404-299-2185
Challenging Gender Based Oppression 404-299-2185
Women’s Resource Center 404-688-9436
Partnership Against Domestic Violence 404-870-9600
Georgia Partnership on Domestic Violence 404-688-9436

Counties Served Location Name and Address Telephone/Fax
Crisp, Dooly, Doughterty,
Lee, Macon, Ben Hill,
Miller, Sumter, Terrell,
Clay, Quitman, Early,
Baker, Randolph, Webster,
Stewart, Schley, Calhoun
Albany* Liberty House
PO Box 2046
Albany,GA 31702
T: (229) 439-7094
C: (229) 883-2635
Clarke, Madison, Oconee,
Athens* Project Safe
PO Box 7532
Athens, GA 30604
T: (706) 549-0922
C: (706) 543-3331
F: (706) 354-6161
Non-Shelter Program Atlanta Shalom Bayit
Jewish Family & Career Services

4549 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30338
T: (770) 677-9322
F: (770) 677-9400
Fulton, Gwinnett Atlanta/
Partnership Against Domestic Violence
619 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312
Lawrenceville, GA
T: (404) 870-9600
C: (404) 873-1766
F: (404) 870-9611
C: (770) 963-9799
F: (770) 963-0147
Non-Shelter Program Atlanta Face to Face
YWCA of Greater Atlanta
599 Mitchell St.
Atlanta, GA 30314
T: (404) 614-2029
C: (404) 752-6199
F: (404) 755-2666
Non-Shelter Program,
focusing on the South Asian community
Atlanta Raksha
PO Box 12337
# 205
Atlanta, GA 30055
T: (404) 876-0670
C: (404) 876-4525
Columbia, Burke, Clascock,
McDuffie, Richmond, Jefferson,
Warren, Wilkes, Talliaferro
Augusta* Safe Homes of Augusta
PO Box 3187
Augusta, GA 30914
T: (706) 736-2499
C: (706) 736-2499
F: (706) 736-8558
Union, Towns Blairsville* Support in Abusive Family Emergencies (SAFE)
PO Box 11
Blairsville, GA 30514
T: (706) 379-1901
C: (706) 379-3000
F: (706) 379-1910
Fannin, Gilmer, Pickins Blue Ridge* North Georgia Mountain
Crisis Network

PO Box 1249
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
T: (706) 632-8401
C: (706) 632-8400
F: (706) 632-1007
Glynn, McIntosh Brunswick* Glynn Community Crisis Center/ Amity House
PO Box 278
Brunswick, GA 31521
T: (912) 264-4363
C: (912) 264-4357
F: (912) 264-4365
Cherokee, Pickens Canton* Cherokee Family Violence Center
PO Box 489
Canton, GA 30169
T: (770) 479-1804
C: (770) 479-1703
F: (770) 720-4834
Carroll, Coweta, Haralson,
Troup, Heard, Meriwether,
Carrollton* Carroll County Emergency Shelter
PO Box 2192
Carrollton, GA 30112
T: (770) 834-1141
C: (770) 834-1141
F: (770) 834-2566
Bartow Cartersville* Tranquility House
PO Box 1383
Cartersville, GA 30120
T: (770) 386-8093
C: (770) 386-8779
F: (770) 386-4490
Polk Cedartown* Polk County Women's Shelter
PO Box 1647
Cedartown, GA 30125
T: (770) 748-2300
C: (770) 749-9330
F: (770) 748-9307
Non-Shelter Program
focusing on Refugee communities
Clarkston Refugee Family Services T: 404) 299-6217
F: (404) 299-6218
Rabun Clayton* Fight Abuse in the Home (FAITH)
PO Box 1964
Clayton, GA 30525
T: (706) 782-1003
C: (706) 782-1338
F: (706) 782-8411
Fulton College Park* Women's Crisis Center
PO Box 87515
College Park, GA 30337
T: (770) 969-6421
C: (770) 969-6423
F (770) 969-3615
Chatahoochee, Fort Benning, Harris,
Marion, Muscogee, Talbot,
Columbus* Columbus Alliance for Battered Women
PO Box 4182
Columbus, GA 31904
T: (706) 571-0188
C: (706) 324-3850
F: (706) 324-6015
Non-shelter Program
providing transitional housing services
Conley Safe Haven Transitional
2630 Rainbow Way
Suite 3
Decatur, GA 30034
T: (404) 241-8740
F: (404) 241-8660
Newton, Walton, Rockdale Conyers* Project Renewal 
PO Box 1205
Conyers, GA 30012
T: (770) 860-9770
C: (770) 860-1666
F: (770) 860-1659
Habersham, Stephens, White Cornelia* Circle of Hope
PO Box 833
Cornelia, GA 30531
T: (706) 776-3406
C: (706) 776-HOPE
F: (706) 776-5242
Forsyth Cumming* Forsyth County Family Haven
PO Box 1160
Cumming, GA 30128
T: (770) 889-6384
C: (770) 887-1121
F: (770) 205-1350
Lumpkin, Dawson Dahlonega* No One Alone
PO Box 685
Dahlonega, GA 30533
T: (706) 864-1306
C: (706) 864-1986
F: (706) 867-6404
  Dallas Shepherd's Rest
PO Box 737
Dallas, GA 30132
T: (770) 443-5213
C: (770) 443-5213
F: (770) 443-9795
Gordon, Murray, Whitfield Dalton* Northwest Georgia
Family Crisis Center

PO Box 554
Dalton, GA 30722
T: (706) 278-6595
C: (706) 278-5586
F: (706) 278-2026
Dekalb Decatur* International Women's House
PO Box 1327
Decatur, GA 30031
T: (404) 298-9960
C: (404) 299-1550
F: (404) 299-1466
Dekalb Decatur* Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence 
PO Box 171
Decatur, GA 30031
T: (404) 370-7670
C: (404) 688-9436
F: (404) 508-7668
Douglas, Paulding Douglasville* SHARE HOUSE
P.O. Box 723Douglasville, GA 30133-0723
C: 770-489-7513
F: 770-489-9535
Bleckley, Dodge, Johnson,
Laurens, Telfair, Wilcox,
Dublin* Women In Need of God's Shelter (WINGS)
PO Box 8277
Dublin, GA 31040
T: (478) 272-5880
C: (478) 272-8000
F: (478) 275-8074
Non-Shelter Program Fayetteville Fayette County Council on Domestic Violence
PO Box 854
Fayetteville, GA 30214
T: (770) 460-1604
F: (770 460-6591
Hall Gainesville* Gateway House
PO Box 2962
Gainesville, GA 30503
T: (770) 539-9080
C: (770) 536-5860
F: (770) 539-9990
Baldwin, Greene, Morgan,
Putnam, Hancock
Greensboro* Circle of Love
PO Box 641
Greensboro, GA 30642
T: (706) 453-4017
C: (706) 453-4017
F: (706) 453-9010
Hart, Elbert, Franklin Hartwell* Northeast Georgia Council
on Domestic Violence

PO Box 814
Hartwell, GA 30643
T: (706) 377-4141
C: (706) 376-7111
F: (706) 377-2393
Bryan, Liberty, Tattnall,
Long, Evans
Hinesville* Tri-County Protective Agency
PO Box 1937
Hinesville, GA 31310
T: (912) 368-8668
C: (912) 368-9200
F: (912) 368-7562
Appling, Jeff Davis, Wayne Jesup* Wayne County Protective Agency/ Fair Haven
PO Box 1153
Jesup, GA 31598
T: (912) 588-9999
C: (912) 588-0382
F: (912) 588-0288
Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade,
LaFayette* Family Crisis Center of Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattanooga Counties
PO Box 252
LaFayette, GA 30728
T: (706) 375-7180
C: (706) 375-7630
F: (706) 375-7177
  LaGrange Project LOVE
PO Box 2107
LaGrange, GA 30241
T: (706) 882-1000
C: (706) 882-1000
F: (706) 882-0907
Bibb, Jones, Monroe,
Twiggs, Crawford
Macon* Macon Salvation Army Safe House
P.O. Box 13386Macon, GA 31208
T: (478) 738-9800
C: (478) 738-9800
F: (478) 471-1330
Cobb Marietta* YWCA of Cobb County
48 Henderson Street
Marietta, GA 30064
T: (770) 427-2902
C: (770) 427-3390
F: (770) 42-8429
Butts, Henry, Jasper McDonough* Flint Circuit Council on
Family Violence
PO Box 1150
McDonough, GA 30253
T: (770) 954-1008
C: (770) 954-9229
F: (770) 954-9203
Clayton Morrow* Clayton County Association on Battered Women/ Securus House
PO Box 870386
Morrow, GA 30287-0386
T: (770) 960-7153
C: (770) 961-7233
F: (770) 961-1038
Floyd Rome* Hospitality House for Women
PO Box 6163
Rome, GA 30162
T: (706) 235-4608
C: (706) 235-4673
F: (706) 235-4084
Camden, Charlton St. Marys* Camden Community Crisis Center/ Camden House
PO Box 5159
St. Marys, GA 31558
T: (912) 882-7858
C: (912) 882-7858
F: (912) 882-8217
Chatham Savannah* Savannah Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Shelter 
PO Box 6119
Savannah, GA 31420
T: (912) 629-8888
C: (912) 629-8888
F: (912) 629-0028
Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins,
Screven, Candler, Washington
Statesboro* Safe Haven
P.O. Box 2494
Statesboro, GA 30459-2494
T: (912-) 764-4605
F: (912) 764-4096
Grady, Mitchell, Thomas,
Seminole, Decatur
Thomasville* Halcyon Home for Battered Women
PO Box 1838
Thomasville, GA 31799
T: (229) 226-6682
C: (229) 226-6666
F: (229) 226-6685
Tift, Worth, Irwin,
Tifton* Ruth's Cottage
107 Magnolia Dr #223
Tifton, Ga 31794
T: (229) 387-9697
F: (229) 387-8800
Atkinson, Berrien, Brooks,
Clinch, Colquitt, Cook,
Echols, Lanier, Lowndes
Valdosta* The Haven
PO Box 5382
Valdosta, GA 31603
T: (229) 244-4477
C: (800) 33-42836
F: (229) 244-2647
Toombs, Treutlin, Wheeler,
Montgomery, Emanuel
Vidalia* The Refuge
PO Box 853
Vidalia, GA 30474
T: (912) 538-9935
C: (912) 538-9910
Houston, Peach, Pulaski Warner Robins* The Salvation Army Safe House
PO Box 2408
Warner Robins, GA 31099
T: (478) 923-2348
C: (478) 923-6294
F: (478) 923-4395
Bacon, Coffee, Pierce,
Ware, Brantley
Waycross* Magnolia House
P.O. Box 1964
Waycross, GA 31502-1824
T: (912) 287-6610
C: (912) 285-5850
F: (912) 285-0801
Banks, Barrow, Jackson Winder* Peace Place
PO Box 948
Winder, GA 30680
T: (770) 307-3633
C: (770) 586-0927
F: (770) 586-0957