In the latest issue of Walton Living Magazine, we featured a cross-section section of Walton’s Women of Influence who may not always be seen out there in the limelight, but whose contributions are invaluable to the lives of Walton County’s citizens. We have expanded on this a little to feature them individually on Your Local News and in this story, we feature Adriane Brown, Office Manager at Live Forward, founder of Diamond Ministries for victims of domestic violence and advocate against the scourge of human trafficking.
To read more about Brown and all of the women featured, pick up a copy of the latest issue of Walton Living Magazine at one of the Walton County city halls, libraries or the Chamber of Commerce or click or tap on this link to read the digital version.
Adriane Brown – Office Manager at Live Forward, founder of Diamond Ministries
There is a sector of those who live in Walton County who don’t have some of the benefits that others enjoy for various reasons, and it is those in the community who most benefit from someone like Adriane Brown. As a housing coordinator and office manager at Live Forward/Aids Athens in in Monroe, Brown helps find housing and improve the health of those in the community suffering from HIV Aids. The office serves Walton, Barrow and Morgan counties.
But this is not the only section of the community she serves. A domestic violence survivor herself, eight years ago Brown founded Diamond Ministries using her own personal experience and that she had gained as a former transitional housing director at Peace Place Domestic Violence Shelter in Barrow County.
“Diamond Ministries works to end all types of abuse and violence through support, advocacy, prevention, and education while promoting community awareness and accountability,” Brown said. Diamond Ministries also works to eradicate sex trafficking.
“Currently, we are doing a five-city tour to educate the community on sex trafficking, domestic violence and HIV. The initiative is taking place to educate the community about preventive measures, myths, and facts,” Brown told Walton Living Magazine. “Diamond Ministries seeks to be a resource for the community at risk of becoming victims of violence, homelessness, substance abuse and/or those impacted by health disparities.”
One such event is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Social Circle. Brown is the guest speaker at an event focusing on sex trafficking and domestic violence at Mars Hill Missionary Baptist at 387 Hightower Trail in Social Circle. The event begins at 3 p.m. She also will be speaking at the First African Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. service the following day, Sunday, Dec. 8. The First AB Church is located on Tyler Street in Monroe.
“This initiative is taking place to educate the community about preventive measures, myths, and facts,” Brown said. “To implement our efforts, local and national agencies specializing in sex trafficking, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, and HIV, share stories and knowledge to impact program participants. These events are designed to Educate, Encourage, and Empower (E3) our local residents, but also encourage the partnerships between the community, corporate, local, state, and federal entities.”
E3 comes from the Diamond Ministries tagline to Educate, Encourage, and Empower. Brown said that due to a lack of resources Northeast Georgia has been significantly impacted by this crisis. The mission of her agency is looking to bridge the gap and educate the community.
“Diamond Ministries seeks to be a resource for the community at risk of becoming victims of violence, homelessness, substance abuse and/or those impacted by health disparities,” Brown said.
It is making the connection between these different issues and addressing them collectively that makes Brown such a valuable resource to the community said Tammy Kinney with Advantage Behavioral Health in Walton County.
“Adriane is addressing domestic violence and the introspection between this and sexual diseases and substance abuse,” Kinney said. “That is what is so important in what she does and the message she sends. People do not connect domestic violence with substance abuse. Through her work through Diamond Ministries and the agency she works for, she is able to look at the whole scope. People don’t understand how substance abuse can put people at risk for domestic violence and the different behaviors associated with it, either as the victim or playing the role of the victim. It is the help through resources like Adrian Brown that can make a difference.”
Substance abuse is also very evident in human trafficking.
Brown said the plan over the next five years is to continue the tour, “to ensure that everyone living in our service area has the resources they need when they are faced with a crisis.”
“The events will feature a panel discussion with survivors, professionals, and speakers, free HIV testing, counseling and healthcare resources will be provided to encourage participation,” she said.
At some of these events, participants can also receive lunch, free groceries, free HIV testing and resources.