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Students Learn About Effects of Dometic Violence

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Arkansas Tech University students are learning more about helping those who experience the effects of domestic violence.

Kristen Hardbarger and Mandy Geels, representing the River Valley Battered Women's Shelter, recently spoke to Dr. Jason Ulsperger's criminal justice class about domestic violence.

Geels is a caseworker with the shelter, while Kristen Hardbarger is working at the shelter is part of a field placement program through Arkansas Tech.  As part of their presentation, Hardbarger and Geels discussed the various services provided by the shelter including living space, food and clothing.

Ulsperger says guest speakers help his students comprehend the full realm of criminal justice coursework.  He explains, "So many of us think of criminal justice and have images of police officers, judges, and prison pop into our heads. We often forget that victims of crimes such as domestic violence exist and are seeking help.”

Ulsperger's criminal justice class will be collecting hygiene items for the shelter in upcoming weeks.

Those interested in donating, may contact him at 479-968-0464.