Krystal Hamlin of Haven House Family Shelter will be receiving the 2021 Outstanding Service to Crime Victims Award presented by the Attorney General’s Office.
The ceremony is being held on Wednesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at the Sillers Building in Jackson, where Attorney General Fitch and Wendy Mahoney (MCADV) will be presenting the award.
Krystal Hamlin currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Haven House Family Shelter. Throughout the past 4 ½ years she has assisted numerous victims of domestic violence obtain protection orders, file charges against abusers and most importantly she has dedicated a considerable amount of time advocating for victims. Krystal has passionately advocated for laws at the MS State Capitol, in turn MS House Bill 1386 and MS Senate Bill 2680 were both passed into law. She has provided training to faith base leaders and its members, local Head-Start Centers, Warren County Youth Court and Department of Human Services staff. Most recently she was a presenter at the 15th Annual Guardian Ad Litem training; her topic of discussion was “Understanding Domestic Violence and the effects it has on Victims and Children.”
Krystal facilitates the Community Coordinated Response Team in Warren County. Krystal has provided court advocacy services to numerous victims of domestic violence locally and surrounding areas throughout the state of Mississippi. Krystal has served as an interim counselor at Haven House Family Shelter where she provided individual and group counseling to residents and transitional residents. In 2017 and 2018, she collaborated with the Vicksburg Police Department (“Beverly Prentiss’ Victims’ Empowerment Program”) to educate members of the community. In 2019, Krystal also helped organized a community event “Taking Steps against Domestic Violence,” that brought awareness to domestic violence related issues in Warren County, where over one hundred participants were present. She has been a panelist in several domestic violence related discussions.
Previously Krystal has worked as a Mental Health Therapist with Medgar Evers Home Solution and she also worked in several advocacy roles with the Vicksburg Child Abuse Prevention Center. Krystal is a native of Vicksburg, MS. She graduated from Alcorn State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of New England. Krystal strives daily to live by this motto: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. She loves life and helping others see the power they possess. Krystal love spending a great deal of time with her 3-year-old son, Larry.