MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $23,000 to provide services to victims of child abuse in west Alabama.
The funds were allocated to two child advocacy centers that serve a total of five counties in the region.
“Child abuse is an atrocious crime that can devastate families and ruin lives,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am thankful for these agencies and the work they do in helping children recover and overcome the travesties of abuse.”
The Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center in Jasper was awarded a $14,000 grant to help victims in Walker and Marion counties. The agency assists child victims of sexual and physical abuse or children who have witnessed violence. The center provides therapy and advocacy services for victims.
The West Alabama Children’s Advocacy Center in Vernon, serving victims of abuse in Fayette, Lamar and Pickens counties, received a $9,000 grant. The center provides counseling and other services for 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 appreciates the role these agencies play in helping children recover from child abuse,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA joins with Gov. Ivey and these two organizations to ensure 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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