Domestic violence awareness, prevention topic of Oct. 24 presentation at TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 19 October 2011

TROY – Kelly Hawkins, Assistant Attorney General in the Violent Crimes Division of the Alabama Attorney General's Office and a Troy University alumna, will present a domestic violence awareness and prevention forum Oct. 24 on the Troy Campus.

Ms. Hawkins' presentation, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Theatre, is the second installment of the University's Civic Engagement Series and is sponsored by the First Year Studies program's Office of Student Learning Initiatives. The first installment, "9/11: A Look Back," was held in September as a part of the University's observance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"Through the series, we discuss contemporary issues to promote discourse, develop critical thinking skills and help students see the importance of civil discourse and engagement," said Jonathon T. Cellon, coordinator of student learning initiatives at TROY. "Each session features opportunities for students to engage with professional experts and advocates about issues that affects society and our community."

In her presentation, "Hands that Don't Hurt – A Future without Violence," Ms. Hawkins will address the role of the Family Protection Unit and how the public can address the issue of domestic violence in the local community.

"Ms. Hawkins is a great example for our students of someone who has taken their knowledge, skills and passions and directed them in making a difference for others," Cellon said.

Ms. Hawkins, who graduated from TROY in 2002 and is the daughter of Chancellor and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. , earned her law degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Her area of interest in the Law is children's advocacy. She was instrumental in the passing of the 2001 Alabama law which makes clergy mandatory reporters of child abuse. She is a former Miss TROY and twice a first runner-up in the Miss Alabama Pageant.

Kelly Hawkins

Kelly Hawkins speaking during a conference on the Troy Campus.