MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded two grants totaling $347,000 to help provide services to domestic violence victims in six northwest Alabama counties.
The funds will assist SafePlace Inc. in providing services including safe shelter, case management and advocacy to victims in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties. Funds from one of the grants will be used to help provide culturally specific services to Spanish-speaking victims. The other grant is providing COVID-19 specific services to ensure victims and providers are protected from infection.
“Domestic violence affects folks around the world, including here in Alabama, and professional assistance can help them take steps toward recovery,” Gov. Ivey said. “Safeplace offers this access to quick and compassionate services for victims in north Alabama.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, infrastructure upgrades, recreation, energy conservation and water resources management.
“ADECA shares Gov. Ivey’s dedication to helping victims of domestic abuse by making sure access to services is available,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “These funds will support the continued mission of Safeplace to assist victims of all backgrounds in northwest Alabama.”