Joan Prittie

Affiliated Faculty, Department of Public Administration and Policy

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Since 1999, Joan Prittie has served as the Executive Director of Project Safe, In her prior occupation as a staff attorney with the Prisoner Legal Counseling Project, Joan represented indigent inmates in the Georgia state prison system.  During that time, she helped develop the Battered Women’s Clemency Project and worked on behalf of 78 women in prison for killing their abusers, securing one sentence commutation and a dozen paroles.

Since 2010, Joan has served as editor and principal author of the Georgia Domestic Violence Bench Book—a compendium of state and federal law and law-related material pertaining to domestic violence. She has been a part-time instructor at UGA since 2008. In 2017 she was named the School of Social Work MA Nonprofit Management & Leadership Teacher of the Year.

A board member of Books for Keeps and Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Joan and her partner of 25 years enjoy traveling the world and spoiling their rescued pit bulls: Sweetie, Earl and Estelle.

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Joan was the recipient of the 2015 UGA President’s Fulfilling the Dream award for social justice, and the 2014 ATHENA award for professional excellence, community service and leadership development.  In 2010, she was one of 15 people nationwide to win the Sunshine Peace award for facilitating social change to end violence against women and children.