National Domestic Violence Hotline names new CEO

Sep 11, 2014
Austin Business Journal

The National Domestic Violence Hotline has named Katie Ray-Jones CEO

Jones, who will also retain her current title of president, replaces Dyanne Purcell, who served the Austin-based national hotline for more than 17 years and retired in April

The move comes just as the hotline has seen a spike in calls in the wake of the video released this week that showed Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee, and now wife, Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator in February. Rice was released Monday by the National Football League team after the video surfaced

Hotline spokeswoman Lisa Lawrence said the hotline has seen an 84 percent increase in calls in the past two days

"Katie has a proven track record of serving victims and survivors of domestic violence and has a unique understanding of the importance of providing them with expert help whenever they take the brave step to reach out," said Maury Lane, chairman of the board of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, in a statement

Prior to being named president of the Hotline in 2011, Ray-Jones served as the director of operations for the organization. She had previously worked for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission administering funding to family violence providers throughout the state, and her work with domestic violence victims and survivors spans more than two decades

"I am honored to serve as CEO and president of the Hotline which has provided services to more than 3.5 million men and women since it was first founded 18 years ago," Ray-Jones said in the statement. "Unfortunately, because of a lack of resources, nearly 78,000 calls went answered last year. In my new position, I will do my best to ensure that every person who reaches out for help gets the information they need."

The Hotline number is 1-800-799-7233

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