MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $80,000 to help provide services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse and other crimes in southeast Alabama.
The funds have been allocated to three agencies serving eight Alabama counties.
“If you are victim of a crime in southeast Alabama, there are agencies and people willing to help,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am so thankful for these agencies and the work they do, and I strongly encourage people who are victims to access the range of assistance and support that these agencies offer.”
An $18,000 grant was awarded to Wiregrass Angel House of Dothan to assist robbery victims and people who have had a family member to die as a result of a homicide. The agency offers counseling, courtroom assistance and other services for victims in Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties.
Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center of Troy received a $32,000 grant to assist victims of child sexual and physical abuse in Barbour, Bullock, Coffee and Pike counties. The center provides counseling and other services to victims while working with several agencies to investigate, prosecute and track offenders.
The Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center was awarded a $30,000 grant to provide services in Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties. The Dothan-based agency, which has been in existence since 1991, provides free advocacy, court support, therapy and other services for child victims.
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.
“Gov. Ivey realizes the important role that these agencies play in helping victims mend, and in supporting the prosecution of offenders,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA joins with Gov. Ivey and these agencies in seeing that these services are available.”
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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