For the past eight years, Katora Printup has worked to increase awareness of the problem of domestic violence while seeking to provide a safe refuge for victims, first as the assistant director and currently as the executive director of the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center.
Now, she will have an opportunity to make a direct impact on the state level.
Printup is one of seven new appointees by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, a 37-member committee of law enforcement officials, members of the judiciary and domestic violence prevention advocates that meets quarterly.
“It is a great honor to be asked to be part of this,” Printup said. “I think that it is a great opportunity to continue to try to help put an end to domestic violence and help the victims of family violence.”
Printup has extensive experience dealing with abuse in the home. For nearly a decade, she worked for the Division of Family and Children Services before joining the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center in 2007. Two years later, she was named the executive director. The center serves Gordon, Murray and Whitfield County residents.
In her role with the center, Printup has worked with the state commission in a variety of ways. She said through collaboration with the commission and the Georgia Coalition Against Family Violence, she has a working relationship with many of the current members and with commission Executive Director Jennifer Thomas, who recommended that Printup send in her paperwork to be reviewed by the governor.
Printup said she is anxious to have a voice at the table.
“I will sit in our first meeting and then jump on board and hopefully be able to get in there with some new ideas and new ways of looking at things,” Printup said. “We never want to be stagnant. One of the things we have been putting an emphasis on locally has been in the schools and increasing teen education on family violence. We need to put a stop to it before it begins.”