MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded more than $208,000 to help victims of domestic violence and prosecute offenders in 12 west Alabama counties.
The grants were awarded to four agencies to support programs ranging from providing refuge and assistance for victims to increasing enforcement of domestic violence laws.
“Domestic violence is an atrocious crime that has the potential to destroy lives and ruin families,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend these agencies for stepping up and helping victims, and I also support the effort of these law enforcement agencies to see that offenders are punished.”
Grants awarded are:
- $101,037 (two grants) to Tuscaloosa Safe Center to provide abuse recovery healthcare, counseling and advocacy services for victims in Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties.
- $50,000 to the Pickens County Commission to continue funding the 24th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit which investigates domestic violence offenses in Fayette, Lamar and Pickens counties. The County Commission serves as the fiscal agent for the grant.
- $35,000 to SAN Inc. (Turning Point) to provide a court advocate for abuse cases in Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties. SAN also provides emergency safe shelter, a 24-hour-crisis telephone service, counseling and education and community outreach programs.
- $22,000 to SABRA Sanctuary to provide a victim’s advocate and domestic violence awareness programs in Dallas, Greene, Marengo, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox counties.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“ADECA joins with Gov. Ivey in commending the staffs, volunteers and law enforcement officers who protect and assist victims of domestic violence,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
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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