Knoxville Family Justice Center Names New Executive Director

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Posted: 2020-09-10

The Knoxville Family Justice Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hire of Kathryn Ellis as their new Executive Director. Ellis is an attorney with years of experience working with survivors of domestic violence, making her an ideal choice to lead the Family Justice Center and its partners to ensure survivors have a wholistic solution to escaping and recovering from violence

“Family violence is an issue that’s been at the core of my work from the beginning,” Ellis said about her transition to the FJC. “I consider myself fortunate every day to be able to develop collaborative relationships to improve access to justice for those in our community who most need support, empathy, and compassion.”

Ms. Ellis holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She later obtained both a Master’s and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Tennessee before going on for her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Ellis’ career has spanned private practice, academia, nonprofit, and community volunteering, giving her experience with many aspects of family violence and making her a natural fit to lead the collaborative arm for all domestic violence services in Knoxville and Knox County.

About the Knoxville Family Justice Center:

The Knoxville Family Justice Center (FJC) is a nonprofit that brings all domestic violence services to one central location so that survivors can receive the fastest, safest help possible.

The Knoxville FJC is one of only fifteen Family Justice Centers nationwide that were created by a Presidential Initiative in 2006. The purpose of the Centers is to provide better support and outcomes for survivors of domestic violence by bringing together professionals who provide an array of services. Prior to their founding, survivors would have to visit up to 20 different locations to get the help they needed, but now the FJC has multiple agencies in one location with free parking, enabling clients to access multiple services in just 2-3 hours’ time. With the support of the community, the FJC also provides free trauma counseling, bus passes, cab fare, lock changes, grocery assistance, and more.

The FJC serves about 1,600 clients every year and, since its opening, has provided more than 15,000 survivors of domestic abuse with a single location to access services necessary to build a future of choice, safety and opportunity.