MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $49,271 grant to help provide culturally-specific services to domestic violence victims in Madison County while reducing exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
AshaKiran Inc. will use the grant to provide training and education to shelter programs, first responders and other professionals who work with foreign-born victims of domestic violence. Additionally, AshaKiran provides emergency shelter and operates a 24-hour crisis hotline for victims.
“Domestic violence affects many Alabama families and residents, including those who come from all cultural backgrounds, and they deserve to have access to quick and compassionate services,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am pleased to support AshaKiran as it continues to assist victims.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 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 they and those who are assisting them have the resources they need while also maintaining a high level of safety from potential health risks,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.