The new executive director of the Alliance Against Family Violence wants to build on the organization’s fundraising efforts and outreach to the community.

The new executive director of the Alliance Against Family Violence wants to build on the organization’s fundraising efforts and outreach to the community.

Jessica Forbes took over as the executive director of the Alliance on June 26.

“I think it’s already been very rewarding,” she said.

Forbes said she already has seen some of the people who are helped by the Alliance.

The not-for-profit organization provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Leavenworth County. The Alliance’s services include a crisis hotline, an emergency shelter and police response advocacy.

Forbes said the Alliance has assisted more than 800 people during the last year. She said this does not include the people who contacted the crisis line.

Forbes originally is from Junction City. She came to Leavenworth because of her husband’s service in the Army.

She previously worked in Leavenworth County as a probation officer. Her husband’s military service then required them to move to another state. After he retired from the Army, they returned to the area and she took a job working in probation in Wyandotte County.

“I was really wanting to explore more of an administrative role,” Forbes said, and she applied for the job with the Alliance.

Forbes said her new position is “a little bit of a change of pace from being a probation officer but I do enjoy it."

Forbes holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology a master’s degree in criminal justice. She is working on a second master’s degree.

Last week, the Alliance had a fundraising gala. Forbes said preliminary numbers show that the event raised more than $9,000 for the Alliance.

“We had such tremendous support from the community,” she said.

Forbes said she would like to explore additional fundraising options.

Forbes recently asked the Leavenworth City Commission for a $15,000 contribution after learning the Alliance had lost two sources of funding totaling $35,000. The request was not approved.

However, Forbes said the Alliance will be OK.

“Financially, we’re fine,” she said.

Forbes said she also wants to focus on outreach because “I get the impression sometimes that we aren’t reaching enough people.”

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