ULM’s Hanser presented with Outstanding Ally Award

Dr. Robert Hanser, associate professor and head of the University of Louisiana at Monroe Department of Criminal Justice, was recognized for his service in preventing violence against women in the state of Louisiana.

Hanser was presented with the award at the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence 30th Anniversary Celebration event.

Hanser has been a long-time community partner of the Family Justice Center in Ouachita Parish and has served on the SAFE Task Force for approximately eight years.

He is the ULM representative on the task force, serving on bi-monthly committee meetings and ad hoc task forces, as assigned.

Hanser has assisted in training on issues related to domestic violence, conducted community research on behalf of the Family Justice Center, aided in grant writing, and is the director and lead facilitator of the Batterer’s Intervention Program for the Fourth Judicial District.

“I really am deeply honored to be held in such high regard by persons who work in this field and feel fortunate to be included in their work here in Louisiana,” said Hanser.

He has also served on a legislatively established statewide task force related to guidelines and standards for batterer intervention programming throughout the state of Louisiana.

Hanser was also recognized for his work as Co-Director of the Violence Prevention and Intervention Program on the ULM campus.

This program is funded by a federal grant through the Office on Violence Against Women with the U.S. Department of Justice.

The VPIP has been successful in educating students, faculty and staff on issues related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

The program has effectively brought together a number of partnering persons and offices on campus as well as agencies throughout the community.

“Of all the areas of interest and emphasis that I have had throughout my career, I am most passionate about this area of advocacy and community service,” said Hanser.

LCADV service awards are provided to a handful of persons each year through a process of nomination, review and selection by majority vote among persons tasked with the recognition and awarding process.

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