Advocates in our new 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. 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.
A community 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 outside of the court including crisis intervention, collaboration with law enforcement, conducting home visits, safety planning, and accompaniment to different appointments. Advocates help support, defend, and promote adult victims’ rights and wellbeing.
“I am pleased to provide this grant to support LifeSpan’s efforts to help victims of elder abuse,” Ohio Governor 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.
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.