Solicitor-General Donna Coleman-Stribling created the Not in My DeKalb campaign to develop and expand domestic violence prevention and education programs for our community. Not in My DeKalb is a six-week domestic violence prevention and mentorship campaign, featuring two programs, Because We Are Family and Sunday Night Lights.
The campaign kicks off Sept. 27, with a pop-up event in the South DeKalb community. Residents of DeKalb are invited to meet local law enforcement and learn more about the resources in DeKalb combating intimate partner violence. Beginning in October, DeKalb families have an opportunity to participate in the interactive and informational programs taking place Saturday and Sunday at various locations throughout DeKalb.
Thirty percent of fatalities reviewed by the Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review project involved citizens who were between the ages of 15 and 24. Additionally, during the past decade, an average of 149 Georgians have been killed each year due to domestic violence. Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling’s office prosecutes over 13,000 misdemeanor cases each year. Almost a third of those cases are domestic violence in nature. Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling hopes to provide DeKalb County families with the resources and tactics needed to resolve their interpersonal conflicts before they have a case with her office.
Solicitor-General Coleman-Stribling partnered with DeKalb County Park and Recreations, Men Stopping Violence and Women’s Resource Center on this initiative. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration will be available online. Space is limited and it is highly encouraged to pre-register for the event to reserve space. Limited day-of registration will be available as well.