Julian Center taps attorney to succeed Ann DeLaney

One of the state's largest domestic violence programs has a new executive director.

The Julian Center in Indianapolis said this week that its new executive director is Melissa Pershing, an attorney with not-for-profit experience in Indiana, North Carolina and Alabama.

She succeeds Ann DeLaney, a former prosecutor and chairwoman of the Indiana Democratic Party whose 15-year tenure at the Julian Center included raising funds for a new facility and counseling center.

The Julian Center was founded in 1975 with funding from the Lilly Endowment, United Way of Central Indiana and the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. It can shelter more than 100 women on any given night and also provides counseling, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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