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Zavogiannis to chair Abuse Committee
Lisa Zavogiannis welcomes attendees to a three-day seminar on elder abuse. Zavogiannis served as chair of the Elder Abuse Committee.
District Attorney Lisa Zavogiannis was selected to chair an Elder Abuse Committee which recently met to evaluate current laws and address new laws which deal with situations our elderly are facing today.The Elder Abuse Committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference held a three-day seminar on the investigation, prosecution and prevention of elder abuse. The multidisciplinary training reviewed current statutes in Tennessee dealing with elder abuse, including a new law requiring special teams be set up by January 2017.The seminar was led by Zavogiannis, Elder Abuse Committee chair and 31st District Attorney General serving Warren and Van Buren counties.“This training program was designed to emphasize what a prosecutor needs to know about seeking justice for elder abuse victims,” Zavogiannis said. “We connected stakeholders and experts from across the state to discuss necessary information on a highly sensitive issue.”The Elder Abuse Committee brought together district attorneys general, assistant district attorneys general, criminal investigators, victim witness coordinators, law enforcement officials, Department of Human Services investigators, and Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability staff to facilitate sharing best practices statewide.