The Council on Battered Women was Atlanta’s first organization founded to assist women who were victims of domestic abuse. Originally based at the YWCA, the Council began its life in 1975 as a small task force, with Susan May at the helm. May worked for the Council for four years, from 1978-1984, and during that time, the task force became a broadly-based community organization with a comprehensive program that included a crisis line, children’s program, and education services. 

Over time, a number of other local organizations developed to assist victims and fight to end abuse. GSU’s Special Collections houses the records of a number of those organizations, including those of the Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children, the Georgia  Commission on Family Violence, the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Men Stopping Violence, and the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.