Gov. Ivey awards funds to assist domestic violence victims
MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded more than $135,000 to two state agencies to ensure that domestic violence offenders are brought to justice.
Gov. Ivey awarded $80,000 to the Office of Prosecution Services and $55,737 to the Administrative Office of Courts.
“Domestic violence and sexual assault are horrendous crimes in which the offender should be punished,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the Office of Prosecution Services and the Administrative Office of Courts for their roles in helping victims obtain justice.”
The Office of Prosecution Services will use funds to train law enforcement officers, staff of domestic violence agencies, prosecutors and other judicial officials that investigate cases, assist victims and prosecute offenders. Additionally, OPS will provide technical assistance when requested on domestic violence and assault cases.
The Administrative Office of Courts under the banner of the Domestic Violence Skills Enhancement Project will provide training to local law enforcement officers and prosecutors on laws relating to domestic violence, human trafficking and related crimes.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice and the state Domestic Violence Trust Fund.
“Offenders in domestic violence and similar crimes should be put on notice that Gov. Ivey abhors these offenses and is serious about seeing those people held accountable for their actions,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to be a partner with Gov. Ivey and these two state agencies in enforcing laws regarding these offenses.”
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.
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