Advocates in our new Elder Victim Advocate program will serve as a link between elder victims of abuse and the necessary supports they need in order to respond to special circumstances. LifeSpan has continuously been recognized as a leader in the field of elder advocacy and is uniquely poised and excited to be expanding our senior service role and expertise in Butler County.
The community victim advocate will assist victims outside of the court including crisis intervention, collaboration with law enforcement, conducting home visits, and accompaniment to different appointments. The gaps made by the current systems in place will be filled to ensure that older adult victims of crime have the support they need.
“I am pleased to provide this grant to support LifeSpan’s efforts to help victims of elder abuse,” Ohio Attorney General and Governor-Elect Mike DeWine said. “Elder abuse is a serious problem, and having dedicated advocates to assist older victims will help ensure that victims receive the care and services they need.”
In order to further expand its capacity to reach as many victims as possible, LifeSpan is recruiting and training volunteers to serve as Victim Advocates.