Domestic violence lecture seriers at HGTC

South Carolina ranks 2nd in the nation in homicides of women killed by men. A Horry-Georgetown Technical College lecture series aims to shed light and awareness of the effects of domestic violence during the month of October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The 2012 Domestic Violence Lecture Series headed by Leila Rogers will feature a variety of speakers throughout the month talking on various topics surrounding domestic violence. The college will also play tribute to Silent Witnesses, with a collection of red silhouettes and personal stories located throughout the Conway Campus. 

2012 Domestic Violence Lecture Seriers:

Thursday, October 11

Ashley O’Rourke—Ashley is a first year student in the Human Services program. She graduated from St. James High School in May 2012, where she completed her senior project on domestic violence. She will be speaking on the effects of domestic violence on the family.

Linda Snelling, Silent Witness Project Coordinator for Horry and Georgetown counties – Ms. Snelling will share stories of victims who were murdered, and how the Silent Witness Project increases awareness of domestic violence to stop the cycle of abuse.

Thursday, October 25

Chuck Splawn, Professor of Legal Studies—Professor Splawn is in his 12th year at HGTC. Prior to becoming a teacher, he practiced law in North Carolina for twelve years. Mr. Splawn has a law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Erin Buseck, Associate Professor of Communication— Professor Buseck earned her undergraduate degree in communications with a minor in psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She completed her graduate degree in communication studies along with a Masters Certificate in conflict management at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Professor Buseck will share her own story of survival from domestic violence.

All lectures will be from 7-9 p.m. in the Burroughs and Chapin Auditorium on the Conway campus of Horry-Georgetown Technical College. They are free and open to the public. The Human Services Club will have refreshments for sale with proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence.

For more information, please contact: Leila Rogers at 349-7878 or e-mail at