Ruth Anne Young, M.Ed.

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Ruth Anne Young joined the Virginia Center on Aging in 2013.  She manages grant-funded projects which provide professional development training and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration on issues related to elder abuse.  Her projects focus primarily on the diverse fields of law enforcement, prosecution, courts, adult protective services, and victim services with the aim of protecting older adults from abuse and holding offenders accountable.    
 
Through shared learning during training and practice, she leads statewide and local partners in building relationships and developing strategies to improve the systemic response to older victims. A recently completed project included providing assistance to a local community to conduct a needs assessment, develop new and enhanced services for victims, and support a newly formed coordinated community response team addressing abuse in later life.

She manages and directs a professionally diverse training team using a best practice, interdisciplinary curriculum for criminal justice professionals, victim advocates, governmental agency staff, and other professionals working with older adults to increase their knowledge and skills in addressing the abuse of older adults in the community.  She received her training on delivering this curriculum from the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life. And she continually seeks to learn about new developments in areas related to abuse in later life.
 
Ms. Young is a 2017 recipient of the Catalyst-Nexus Award of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance for her work on a project in Washington County and Bristol, VA.  This award honors an individual or agency that has created a high level of cooperation among members of the justice system and/or other systems within a local community.  The nominee exemplifies the collaboration and unity of purpose in bringing together diverse individuals and disciplines to create a community that promotes safety for victims and accountability for perpetrators.
 
Ms. Young earned her M.Ed. from VCU and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Arts from James Madison University.  She is also a graduate of the Connecting Communities Fellowship Program of Hope in the Cities/Initiatives of Change.  Prior to coming to the VCoA, Ruth Anne worked as the Program Manager of ElderFriends, a friendly visiting volunteer program of Family Lifeline, serving isolated older adults.