Mount Vernon Mayor, Matt Starr, talks with Lori Jones-Perkins, executive director of New Directions; Jackie Peck, an advocate for the organization; and Knox County Recorder Tanner Salyers about domestic violence awareness and New Directions' services to the community in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and legal and youth services. Lori works with nine staff members and a 13-member board of directors to carry out New Directions' mission, while Jackie works with shelter residents and facilitates domestic violence support groups. Salyers' office offers a Safe at Home program for survivors of domestic violence.
The guests discuss working with survivors of domestic violence and share their success stories in the field. They talk about how essential entities like New Directions and programs like Safe at Home are to the Mount Vernon community, and what's involved in helping survivors of domestic abuse move on with their lives.