MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $39,000 grant to ensure that victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in west Alabama have access to free services to help them overcome the physical and mental scars suffered in the abuse.
Tuscaloosa SAFE Center will use funds to provide victim-related medical care, advocacy and counseling for victims in Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Pickens and Sumter counties.
“Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault need a place to receive compassionate care to recover,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am thankful Tuscaloosa SAFE Center is there for those who suffer this abuse in west Alabama.”
Tuscaloosa SAFE Center works with law-enforcement agencies and other service providers to respond to emergency needs around the clock. The agency also provides outreach and education programs to alert communities about sexual assault and domestic abuse.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Gov. Ivey appreciates the commitment and dedication of agencies like Tuscaloosa SAFE Center and the services provided for victims,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA joins with the governor and Tuscaloosa SAFE Center to ensure that victims receive the care they need.”
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.
Jim Plott or Mike Presley
ADECA Communications and External Affairs