Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney

Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

Sherry Boston, District Attorney


October 21, 2019

9th Annual Symposium Focused on Awareness, Prevention, and Safeguarding Marginalized Groups 

Decatur, Ga.– DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston is once again turning the spotlight on domestic violence with her 9th Annual DV Symposium and Resource Fair: Building Bridges, Making Connections: Survivors on the Margin. The public event, which coincides with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is scheduled for Monday, October 28th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center located at 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030. A complimentary breakfast will be provided.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. In 2018, there were 143 domestic violence-related deaths in Georgia, including nine in DeKalb County alone. “Even one death is one too many,” said District Attorney Boston. “This symposium is an opportunity to build awareness about the devastating impact of domestic violence, particularly on some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Participants will work together to develop actionable ways to end the cycle of abuse in DeKalb County and connect survivors with vital resources.”

The program will feature a keynote address from a survivor and include panel discussions and breakout sessions with DV stakeholders centered on topics regarding marginalized victims, including teens and young adults, the LGBTQ community, seniors, refugees and immigrants, and women of color.

Symposium participants include, but are not limited to, the DeKalb County Police Department, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, International Women’s House, Men Stopping Violence, and Raksha. This year’s event is sponsored by DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, District 5.

To RSVP, contact Senior Assistant District Attorney Angel Riley via email or phone at AARiley@dekalbcountyga.govor 404-371-2976.