Nick Sabo/News Chloe Merriman, left, and Pat Keane were recipients of awards presented at the New Directions annual dinner and benefit Thursday. Merriman, a member of the Knox County Teen Advisory Council, was presented with the Volunteer Award, and Keane, a long-time New Directions board member whose advocacy for domestic violence victims spanned her career as an educator and nurse, received the Mary Hendrickson Award.

New Directions recognizes advocates

New Directions was formed in an era when an abusive husband could call the police to tear away his wife from a group of young women trying to protect her; when emergency rooms had no protocols that could help patients who came in suffering from injuries that were a result of domestic violence.


April 12, 2019

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