TOPEKA – On Feb. 6, Jan Jones, executive director of Safehope, Inc. in Newton, was honored as the Juliene Maska Advocate of the Year in Kansas by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence at KCSDV’s 15th Annual Statewide Awards Ceremony and Luncheon in the capital.

Nominees of the award need to be victims advocates, demonstrating commitment to enhancing victim safety, increasing perpetrator accountability and working to end sexual or domestic violence, stalking or dating violence in Kansas. Nominations may be based on a sustained effort or an extraordinary single achievement consistent with the philosophy of victim-centered, empowerment-based advocacy.

During her 15 years at Safehope, Inc., Jones worked in various positions with the organization before becoming executive director. Jones grew the nonprofit organization’s service area and staff from a single county with three staff members to three counties with 25 staff members.

Her vision has always been to create an organization that responds to the needs of victims and survivors and connects with community partners to increase safety and accountability.

“For us, she is always the tireless advocate who comes in early and stays late, teaching new advocates, mentoring new leaders, and supporting staff and volunteers who do the work that is so desperately needed,” said Safehope Program Director Laura Patzner. “She gives us an example of what we can be, always shining a light on a path that is not so smooth but leads to our goal. She stands with us, encourages us and leads us as we create the end to sexual and domestic violence.”

For more information, visit KCSDV’s website at http://kcsdv.org.