Victim Advocate & Survivor Services Coordinator, Bilingual (Spanish/English)
Mary Eldridge joined Violence Prevention & Survivor Services in November 2016 as a Survivor Services Coordinator. Mary moved to the United States in 2008 from her country of origin, Venezuela. After moving, She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa and later on she completed her Masters in Social Work from the same institution.
Mary is passionate about working with individuals who have experienced sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and harassment. She served as one of the Prevention Coordinators and the Johnson County Services Coordinator at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program at the University of Iowa. For these roles Mary envisioned, developed and executed multiple events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, provided trainings to community and community partners, provided advocacy services, support groups, counseling and therapy in English and Spanish, and built networks and partnerships with agencies in the community as a way of providing services for the variety of needs a client may come in with. Mary also served as a Sexual Assault Therapist for the Riverview Center in Iowa and answered the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline. Additionally, she worked as a Mobile Crisis Outreach Counselor for the Johnson County Crisis Center providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention services in the state of Iowa.
In her role as Survivor Services Coordinator, Mary provides victim advocacy services including support group facilitation; accompaniment to academic, legal, and systems related appointments and meetings; and providing emotionally supportive counseling to students who have experienced sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.