Kim Bishop-Jones was named to the position following the retirement of Pauline Gage, who had served in that capacity since 2005. Bishop-Jones had served as a volunteer with the Lawrence County program since 2007.
As victim's advocate, Bishop-Jones will provide services to victims and their families who have sufffered from domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and rape, drunk driving, homicide or other violent crimes.
Bishop-Jones is not new to the field. She has served as a volunteer with the Springfield/Greene County victim's services since 2005, primarily operating through Lafayette House, a safe haven for abused women and their children.
"The Victim's Center in Springfield trained me," Bishop-Jones said, "and I also take part in continuing education training."
"I was not expecting it," Bishop-Jones said of the position. "Pauline called me when she decided to retire and recommended I apply for the job.
"Sometimes this is a tough job," Bishop-Jones continued. "I take calls from victims, provide them resources, get them somewhere safe, go to the hospital with them if needed and go to court with them here in the 39th Circuit."
"She's pretty passionate about this," added Bishop-Jones' husband, Randy Jones.
"I'm very excited to get to know the people of the community," Bishop-Jones said. "I think one of my areas of focus will be to develop support groups and try to educate the community on the areas of domestic violence and the resources available to victims.
"I feel blessed to be in this position," Bishop-Jones said. "God sent this to me. I'm just along for the ride."