Advocates in our Elder Victim Advocate program serve as the link between elder victims of crime and the necessary supports they need in order to respond to special circumstances. An Elder Victim Advocate supports Butler County adults 50 and over who have been victims of financial exploitation; physical, emotional or sexual abuse; robbery; burglary; neglect and other crimes to recover from crimes.
A community-based victim advocate fills gaps made by the current systems in place to ensure that older adult victims of crime have the support they need. An advocate assists victims through crisis intervention, conducting home visits, safety planning, working with law enforcement and the courts, obtaining protective orders, filing Crime Victims’ Compensation claims, providing support at appointments and court dates, and referrals to other community services.
Advocates help support, defend, and promote adult victims’ rights and wellbeing.
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.
Meredith graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from the University of Illinois – Springfield with a Master of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Social Services Administration. She is a National Certified Guardian. Meredith has many years of experience working with older adults and adults with disabilities in a variety of settings. In her spare time, Meredith enjoys her involvement with the Daughters of the American Revolution and other volunteer opportunities.