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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

During October, you might see a lot of purple – ribbons, logos, other decorations – and there’s a good reason for it: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month, these purple items are a way to raise awareness about domestic violence and the assistance that is available to victims.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs wants to remind all Alabamians that free, professional help is always available for victims at nonprofit organizations across the state.

The organizations provide free services including 24-hour crisis lines, emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy, safety plans and more. A list of shelters can be found on the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence website:


www.acadv.org/get-help/shelters


Help also is available 24-hours a day by calling the coalition’s statewide domestic violence hotline at 1-800-650-6522.

A map of domestic violence shelters can be found here​.

“Domestic violence impacts all levels and areas of society, and we want to remind Alabama residents that help is available at all hours,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA partners with many shelters and organizations across the state to ensure that this help is available, and I commend the staff of these organizations for the vital work they do to help the survivors of these terrible crimes.”

The services are supported by grants awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey and administered by ADECA from funds provided by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Shelters also receive funding from the state’s Domestic Violence Trust Fund which collects funds from marriage license fees. The state funding is distributed quarterly to the agencies to provide shelter for victims and to conduct educational and prevention programs.

The Human Services Unit – part of ADECA’s Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division – operating this year on a $37.8 million budget, contracts with 17 domestic violence shelters and 14 sexual assault centers (some overlapping) to provide services to victims, many of whom are forced to flee potentially deadly and harmful situations. Information from that unit shows more than 13,000 services were provided to victims during the last reporting quarter in spring.

Along with grant funding, these organizations rely on private donations to ensure that services are always available.


 
 
 

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