Computer use can be monitored and it is impossible to completely clear all website browsing history. If your abuser may be monitoring your computer, please use a computer that your abuser cannot access directly or remotely. If you are in danger, call 911. To talk with an advocate, call New Directions at 740-397-4357.

New Directions Domestic Abuse Shelter and Rape Crisis Center serves all survivors of domestic, intimate partner, and sexual violence in Knox County, Ohio. New Directions also strives to prevent the abuse of women, men, and children by joining with the community to build safe, respectful, and loving relationships. All New Directions services are provided free of charge.

Our administrative offices are located at 110 E. Gambier Street in Mount Vernon and are open to the public by appointment or on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


What we offer

  • 24-hour hotline
  • Safe housing
  • Individual Advocacy
  • Information about community resources
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Sexual Violence Advocacy
  • Support groups and classes
  • Prevention programs for schools, businesses, and community groups

In the Words of Survivors

I want to remind you that no one deserves abuse. We are all worth more than just taking whatever people dish out to us, no matter how much these people say they love us. If they really love us, they wouldn’t hurt us. Period.- A Survivor
It has been a long, hard road, but with the love and support of my family and friends, New Directions, therapy, and my own strength, I have survived. Not all stories end this well, but it is my hope that the road I walk along becomes the freeway for my sisters who have not yet been set free.- A Survivor
With the help of my family, friends, and New Directions – I am a survivor!… My passionate advice to other victims of rape and abuse is not to let the assailant get away with what he has done to you… No woman ever asks to be raped or abused, and she has the right to say, “NO!” Always believe in yourself, and you will become a survivor too.- A Survivor
It took a lot of courage and strength for me to follow though with legal remedies and to trust the legal system. Today, I am free from the physical violence and emotional bondage. I am attending school and making a new life for myself and my children.- A Survivor
You're amazing people who have have helped and continue to help so many.- A Survivor
We went from Mt. Vernon straight to . . . be with my sister fifteen years ago. I will never forget that trip or the time that me and my girls came to New Directions. You are the first person who came running outside and picked our suitcases from the car indoors. You were so petite but, I thought you were a super hero. My time at the Shelter was one of my best liberating moments, and got to meet some of the most wonderful people on earth. Even my girls still talk about it although they were 6 and 4 at the time. Thank God for you and all the Angels at New Directions. - A Survivor

Donor Spotlight

Every month I donate to New Directions because I think it is the right thing to do. I have been involved with the work of New Directions, as a volunteer or board member, since it began over 30 years ago. ...I am very proud to have been a part of New Directions over the years. I am committed to donate money on a monthly basis to help provide support for all that they do.- Pat Keane
New Directions is making a strong stand against domestic violence in our community, and working hard to bring knowledge to all so that we can end hurt while bringing peace to each other . . . Contributing to New Directions has been more meaningful to both of us than words can express, and even the smallest contribution can help change a life forever.- Jamie and Craig Morris




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