MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded five grants totaling $268,770 to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in seven counties in central and east Alabama.
The grants will fund specialized units in Autauga, Calhoun, Chilton, Cleburne, Elmore, Etowah and Talladega counties.
“Domestic violence and sexual assault are detestable crimes that inflict both physical and mental harm to individuals and their families,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the work of these units to assist victims and obtain justice for the crimes committed against them.”
Gov. Ivey awarded the grants from funds supplied to the state through the U.S. Department of Justice. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the awards.
“ADECA is pleased to support Gov. Ivey and these law enforcement units in their attempt to ensure that offenders are prosecuted,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
The 19th Judicial Circuit was awarded two grants totaling $137,250 to continue its domestic violence unit which serves Autauga, Chilton and Elmore counties by prosecuting offenders and aiding domestic violence victims with numerous services including court assistance and filing compensation claims.
The 7th Judicial Circuit Court District was awarded $45,600 to continue its domestic violence crime unit which assist victims and prosecutes offenders in Calhoun and Cleburne counties.
The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office was awarded $33,670 to fund its domestic violence unit which investigates domestic violence and sexual assault cases in that county.
The 29th Judicial Circuit was awarded $52,250 to continue its domestic violence crime unit in Talladega County. The unit prosecutes offenders and provides support services and referral information for victims.
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