Pam Schehl/News New Directions director Mary Hendrickson discusses the issues of violence in relationships at Tuesday’s meeting of the Knox County Democratic Women.

Pam Schehl/News New Directions director Mary Hendrickson discusses the issues of violence in relationships at Tuesday’s meeting of the Knox County Democratic Women. Purchase

 

Some of the ways New Directions works on behalf of victims of intimate partner violence are:

•A dedicated 24/7 crisis hotline, 397-HELP.

•Emergency shelter for victims of intimate partner violence. New Directions served 24 women and 26 families last year. One hundred thirty-eight families had to be referred elsewhere.

•Advocacy, which includes going to court with the victims if necessary, and putting them in touch with other community agencies which can help.

•Rape crisis center. There is a sexual assault nursing examiner program for people who go to the emergency room after a sexual assault.

MOUNT VERNON — Violence in relationships was the focus when the Knox County Democratic Women met Tuesday at Emeritus at Hillenvale. The featured speaker, Mary Hendrickson, has been the director of New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter of Knox County for 30 years and is a recipient of the Knox County Democratic Women’s Elaine Mayhew Award for her lifetime effort to support survivors of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

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