MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded five grants totaling $125,884 to help ensure victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in east Alabama continue to receive needed assistance.
The funds will help support the work of four nonprofit organizations and a district attorney’s domestic violence unit.
“Domestic violence and sexual assault are terrible crimes to which no part of society is immune,” Gov. Ivey said. “This grant funding helps ensure that support is available to the survivors of these crimes, and I commend the staffs of these organizations and units that serve those in need in their communities.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“ADECA stands with Gov. Ivey in support of these organizations that help the victims of these crimes and provide crucial services to help them in their recovery,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
The following grants were awarded:
- $43,000 to the Calhoun County Commission for the 7th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Crime Unit that prosecutes domestic violence cases and assists victims in Calhoun and Cleburne counties.
- $22,884 to Rape Counselors of East Alabama that serves victims of sexual assault and their families in Chambers, Lee, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa counties.
- $20,000 to 2nd Chance Inc. to provide domestic training to law enforcement, medical professionals, public housing staff, social workers, local officials and others on issues of elder abuse, domestic violence, and services available in Calhoun, Cleburne, Etowah and Talladega counties.
- $20,000 to the Domestic Violence Intervention Center which provides a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, support groups, advocacy, outreach and referral services to victims in Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties.
- $20,000 to Hope Harbour which provides crisis intervention, legal advocacy and other support services to domestic violence victims in Russell County.
Along with grants, nonprofit agencies rely on local, private donations to ensure that their services remain available to those in need year-round.
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim services, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation, and recreation development.