MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $122,500 to provide services that help victims of domestic violence and child abuse in the recovery process.
The funds have been allocated to four agencies, which together serve nine counties in east Alabama.
“Crimes involving domestic violence and child abuse should not happen – not in Alabama, not anywhere, but unfortunately they do,” Gov. Ivey said. “These agencies help victims mend from the physical and mental scars of abuse, and I commend them for their work.”
Rape Counselors of East Alabama was awarded $77,000 to continue providing services to victims in Chambers, Lee, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa counties. The Auburn-based agency has a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone service, accompanies victims for medical services, and is with victims during court and judicial proceedings.
Tri-County Children’s Advocacy Center of Dadeville was awarded $22,500 to provide services for child abuse victims in Chambers, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties. The center works with local law enforcement agencies and a child welfare specialist to provide aid to children and ensure offenders are prosecuted.
The Talladega County Child Advocacy Center Inc. of Talladega, awarded a $10,5000 grant, provides counseling and support for child abuse victims in Clay, Coosa and Tallapoosa counties.
Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services of Opelika received a $12,500 grant. The advocacy center provides therapy, court accompaniment and support groups while assisting in the prosecution of offenders. The program serves Lee and Macon 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.
“Gov. Ivey realizes the importance of these agencies and the work they do in helping victims recover from terrible ordeals,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA stands with the governor in support of these groups and is pleased to be a partner in this important process.”
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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