Attorney honored for serving domestic violence victims

Nashville attorney Wanda Jones has received an award for helping victims of domestic violence.

Jones, with Jones Law Offices, received Turning Point’s Mission Partner award during a ceremony at the Brown County Public Library on Oct. 12.

Jones said she was honored to receive the award, and that resources like Turning Point are in need across the country. “The need for Turning Point’s presence in Brown County is underscored by the events of this last (month) in Texas, and the revelation that the killer was previously convicted of domestic violence,” she said in an email Nov. 10.

Turning Point’s mission is to “work towards the prevention and the elimination of domestic and dating violence,” said Elisabeth Jones, Turning Point’s vice president of resource development.

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“Wanda has been an amazing support with clients, staff, and even helped find a new location for office space in Brown County when DCS (the Department of Child Services) needed the space they had made available to Rhea Murray (Turning Point’s community services director in Brown County),” Elisabeth Jones said in an email last month.

“This is the community spirit we wish to highlight.”

Previously, Turning Point honored Jones Law Offices for the free legal work that Wanda Jones’ husband, attorney Jay Charon, had done to represent victims of domestic violence.

“Jones Law Offices has worked with Turning Point and will continue to work with Turning Point to help victims of domestic violence, providing legal services to assist them,” Wanda Jones said.

Wanda Jones said that Turning Point’s mission in Brown County is to not only serve domestic violence victims but also to do preventative training and classes. Turning Point works with Brown County schools to teach young people about domestic violence, how to recognize signs of domestic violence and how to prevent it.

October was Domestic Violence Awareness month. During a fall festival at the library in October, visitors were encouraged to decorate T-shirts in support of healthy relationships and in honor of Hoosiers who lost their lives due to domestic violence over the past year.

Those shirts were hung outside of the library as part of the National Clothesline Project “to remind people of the real meaning of the violent statistics that are often ignored,” Elisabeth Jones’ news release states.

Kathy Smith-Andrew, a former state senator for the 46th district and a domestic-violence survivor/advocate, also spoke during the ceremony.

Turning Point partnered with the library and Victim Advocate Erin Kirchhofer of the Brown County prosecutor’s office to host the ceremony and fall festival.

For more information on Turning Point’s domestic violence services, visit turningpointdv.org.

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Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers business, cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.