New Directions is a private non-profit organization that began offering services to battered women on January 1, 1983, with a part-time director and 20 volunteers.
Our first shelter site was an efficiency apartment rented from Interchurch Social Services. An interim site was rented at the end of 1984 until the current site was renovated. We moved into our current site in October 1985, and enjoy on-site offices and safe housing.
Over the years, we built on our foundation of serving battered women and began to offer additional programs and services for all victims of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. A rape crisis program began formally in 1988 with training in rape crisis protocol for all staff and volunteers. A victim advocacy program began in the fall of 1989, implemented by the court advocate.
In 2003 New Directions received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control for the primary prevention of intimate partner and domestic violence. In 2006 a similar initiative, for the primary prevention of sexual violence began, and was funded by the Ohio Department of Health.