Capacity Technical Assistance (CTA) Program Co-Director
Beth Meeks was the Executive Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence for the past seven years, providing advocacy, education, and technical assistance to 16 domestic violence programs throughout Louisiana. She has worked in the field of violence against women for more than 20 years. Beth has a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology, specialized training in media relations and hostage negotiations, and has been a certified police trainer. She is also a frequent trainer for probation, medical professionals and other service providers.
During her time in Louisiana, LCADV created a public awareness campaign featuring the Lt. Governor, authored a protocol on trauma-informed response to children exposed to domestic homicide, and achieved significant public policy victories. Some of those policy highlights include reversing $2.4 million in budget cuts to DV programs, passing a state law restricting abusers from possessing firearms, and creating housing protections for domestic violence victims.
Beth also chaired the Statewide Task Force on Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programs empaneled by the Louisiana legislature in 2011, and has served on numerous committees and task forces, including the Louisiana Domestic Violence Prevention Commission, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Victims Advisory Board, the Louisiana State Sexual Assault Task Force, and the Louisiana State Victims Assistance Academy Planning Team. Additionally, she serves on the Louisiana Interstate Compact for Juveniles Board, and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review Panel.
Prior to her work in Louisiana, Beth served more than 13 years as the Executive Director of one of Ohio’s largest dual domestic violence and rape crisis programs. During her tenure, the agency and staff received 12 state or county wide awards for innovative programming and quality services. During that time, Beth also served on the Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee, and Batterers’ Intervention Committee for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN)