MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a total of $156,162 to help three agencies in central Alabama continue providing services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.
The grants will support the agencies as they serve victims in 13 counties.
“Domestic violence and sexual assault victims deserve access to professional assistance in a timely manner,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend these agencies who always respond to victims that often have nowhere else to turn in a time of great need.”
Legal Services Alabama Inc., based in Montgomery, is using $35,000 to serve victims in Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair and Walker counties. Funds from this grant come from the American Rescue Plan and are being used to assist victims and their families who have also been affected by COVID-19.
The Bessemer Division of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office is using $75,000 to continue providing services through the Bessemer Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit. The unit provides support to victims who are involved in the criminal justice system and collaborates with law enforcement and other agencies to ensure that victims receive assistance while their abusers are held responsible.
Tuscaloosa SAFE Center, which serves victims in Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo Pickens and Sumter counties, is using $46,162 to continue providing healthcare, advocacy and counseling services to sexual assault victims.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state from the U.S. Department of Justice.
“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in the belief that victims should continue to receive the services and help they require for recovery,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA’s partnerships with these organizations play a critical role in making sure victims get help quickly and from dedicated professionals.”
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.