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October 8, 2009

ULM secures nearly $300,000 for Violence Prevention and Intervention

Two University of Louisiana at Monroe professors have secured nearly $300,000 in grant funding for the prevention of violence against women.

Dr. Robert Hanser of the department of criminal justice, along with the co-director Dr. Pamela Saulsberry, head of the department of social work, recently obtained the $299,995 grant through the Department of Justice's Office on Violence against Women.

The grant provides funding for the project over a three-year period that seeks to enhance collaboration between the university campus and state and local agencies to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campus.

Offices and community agencies, including campus administrators, campus security staff, judicial boards, local law enforcement, the non-profit agency Wellspring, the Family Justice Center and statewide coalitions are among the organizations that are joining in the collaborative effort.

Hanser has served over four years as a standing member of the Steering Committee for the Family Justice Center, a local facility that provides multiple services for persons who are affected by domestic violence.

"The Family Justice Center does quite a bit of good work within the community, and the ULM department of criminal justice has maintained a close working relationship with them," he said.

"I am glad to further facilitate that working relationship in a manner that benefits our students, staff, and faculty on campus, as well as various members of the community."

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