The Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV) has awarded Kaffie Sledge, recently retired columnist for the Ledger-Enquirer, its second annual Responsible Coverage Award.
Sledge received the award as part of GCFV’s 15th annual statewide family violence conference in Savannah. The intent of this award is to recognize and celebrate a journalist or media outlet in Georgia that has covered the issue of domestic violence in a way that is respectful and non-judgmental to victims and raises awareness in the community about the seriousness and breadth of the problem. Responsible Coverage Award recipients are leaders in their field whose reporting leads to greater public understanding of violence against women and the myriad ways in which the community can play a role in ending it.
“Through her column at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Kaffie Sledge has consistently brought attention to the serious problem of violence against women. She has contested myths about domestic violence and given crucial facts and information to the Columbus public, often bringing uncomfortable or difficult truths to her readers,” the organization said in a release. “GCFV thanks Ms. Sledge for her consistently responsible, informed, and informative coverage of this important issue. “
The Georgia Commission on Family Violence is a state agency that was created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1992 to develop a comprehensive state plan for ending family violence in Georgia. GCFV works throughout the state to help create and support task forces made up of citizen volunteers working to end domestic violence in their communities. In addition, GCFV conducts research and provides training about domestic violence, monitors legislation and other policy impacting victims of domestic violence, certifies all of Georgia’s Family Violence Intervention Programs, and coordinates the statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project.