Domestic abuse survivor gives back to the cause
Tulsan Neile Jones has accomplished a lot since leaving an abusive relationship early in her broadcasting career. This month, Jones will emcee DVIS’ Monarch Ball.
Neile Jones first became involved with DVIS through a blanket and coat drive for its clients.
Booker T. Washington graduate Neile Jones has accomplished a lot since leaving an abusive relationship early in her broadcasting career. For example, the anchor for KTUL Tulsa’s Channel 8 has won an Emmy award, has run the Chicago Marathon, participated in a body-building competition and gone on a book tour.
She prefers to dwell on those positive experiences rather than what she endured while in that relationship. “I’m in a club you never really want to be a part of,” Jones says of being a domestic abuse survivor.
Several years ago, she began telling her story to help others and herself heal, and she wrote about it in her 2010 memoir. Since moving to Tulsa from northwest Arkansas, she has learned more about the mission of Domestic Violence Intervention Services: rebuilding lives affected by domestic violence and sexual assault through advocacy, shelter, counseling and education. This month, Jones will emcee DVIS’ Monarch Ball.
Jones found safety among friends after leaving her abuser and credits faith and her supportive family for helping her through an incredibly difficult time. She, more than most, understands the significance of DVIS’ services to other survivors.
“In life, at different times we will all need a little help, and we will all be able to offer a little help,” Jones says. “DVIS — they are the real story. They’re making a difference, helping people make a fresh start. If someone hadn’t done that for me, I don’t know where I’d be.”
Jan. 26 — Monarch Ball
6 p.m. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St. Cocktail hour, live music from Professor D, silent auction and raffle. $250, tickets in advance; $2,500-$50,000, sponsorships.
Jan. 27 — Best of Brunch
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mayo Hotel, 115 W. Fifth St. Enjoy menu items from Tulsa’s favorite brunch spots. $75, tickets; $100, VIP tickets; $500-$10,000, sponsorships.
Both events benefit DVIS. Contact Joan Anderson, 918-508-2709 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit dvis.org.