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What Is An Organizational Community Coalition?

An organizational, community coalition is an organization of diverse interest group of individuals representing various organizations, communities, social, and material resources. The group agree to unite and work together to produce a specific change and achieve a common goal.

The SWAWC is a component of the 501(c) 3 Faith-based Community organization, Divine Exchange Ministry, Inc.

SW ATLANTA 
WOMEN’S COALITION

The Southwest Atlanta Women’s Coalition (SWAWC) mission is to serve and promote prevention education to marginalized communities by enhancing community attitudes on an array of risky behaviors and challenges, such as substance use, mental health, suicide prevention, and domestic violence.

GOALS:

The Women’s Coalition desires to achieve the following goals:

  1. Provide free community trainings to enhance the knowledge and understanding of at-risk behaviors, signs & symptoms of unhealthy relationships, and life controlling challenges. 
  2. Increase community perception of personal harms associated with youth and families challenged with domestic violence, suicide, and misuse of ATOD through the implementation of on-going community outreach trainings and events.

OUR TACTICS:

The Coalition meets every 3rd Thursday 
to discuss the steps and actions that will help us accomplish our goals.

Identify and establish healthy collaborations with faith-based, community, and governmental organizations to serve and support outreach efforts.

Breaking the Silence!

OPIOID & SUBSTANCE MISUSE: 

The nationwide opioid epidemic started in the 1990s with increased opioid prescribing and opioid overdose deaths. Heroin and other synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, led to further increases beginning in 2010 (CDC – Understanding the Epidemic).  From 2010 to 2020, the total number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Georgia increased by 207%. In October 2017, HHS declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. 

Drug overdoses have been increasing both in Georgia and nationally since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Georgia Department of Public Health reports from 2019-2021, the total number of opioid-related overdose deaths increased from:

  • 853 to 1,718, an increase of 101%; these increases were driven largely by fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid often found in drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and counterfeit pills. 
  • From 2019 to 2021, fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths increased 124%, from 614 to 1,379. In 2021, there were 2,390 drug overdose deaths in Georgia; and 71% (n=1,718) were attributed to opioids and 57% (1,379) were attributed to fentanyl. 
  • Non-fatal drug overdoses are also increasing in Georgia. From 2019 to 2021, Emergency department visits and hospitalizations for drug overdoses increased 10%, from 24,886 to 27,388.

SUICIDE:

  • Nearly 50,000 Americans took their own lives last year, a 3% increase from 2021, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. That number is likely to grow when data are finalized, the agency said. Nov 29, 2023
  • The number of suicides across the active-duty military increased from 75 in the first quarter of 2022 to 94 in the first quarter of 2023, according to the Defense Suicide Prevention Office.
  • A 2021 study by Brown University estimated that 30,177 veterans of post-9/11 conflicts had died by suicide. When compared to the 7,057 personnel killed in the conflicts, at least four times as many veterans died by suicide than personnel were killed during the post-9/11 conflicts.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:   

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner. 
  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon
  • Over 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

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SW ATLANTA WOMEN’S COALITION

Volunteer Opportunities

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SW ATLANTA WOMEN’S COALITION

Volunteer Opportunities