MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $110,000 for programs designed to reduce domestic violence in north Alabama.
Safeplace Inc. of Florence will use funds for programs that assist victims and hold domestic violence offenders accountable for their actions while also helping them understand and control their abusive behavior. Safeplace provides its services for people in Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties.
“Domestic violence is an all-too-common crime that destroys families and ruins lives,” Gov. Ivey said. “The staff at Safeplace is to be commended for sheltering victims from further harm while also helping them hold offenders accountable for their actions. What’s more, these funds will enable Safeplace to continue administering rehabilitative programs to help those who commit violent acts to overcome their negative behaviors.”
Funds will be used to continue two programs relating to domestic violence. The Batterer Intervention Program provides an opportunity for abusers to confront their anger and abusive nature and change their behavior. The Harmony Program helps abuse victims who may also take on aggressive and other negative behaviors toward others because of their own abuse situations.
Safeplace also offers a 24-hour crisis hotline to help victims facing violent situations or seeking to escape those environments. The organization maintains a shelter and offers additional services enabling victims to rebuild their lives.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“ADECA stands with Gov. Ivey in her support of Safeplace and the programs they administer to help victims of domestic violence,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.
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