MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded more than $4.3 million to help reduce domestic violence and aid victims in 19 counties primarily in the south central region of the state.
The grants will enable four agencies to bring awareness of the seriousness of domestic violence through education programs while also providing intervention, shelter and other services at no cost to victims and their families.
“Domestic violence is a crime that affects people of all walks of life, and it does not discriminate,” Gov. Ivey said. “These four agencies provide victims with a path toward overcoming the mental and physical pain caused by these abusive acts.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.
“Gov. Ivey is dedicated to ensuring that victims wanting to escape from the brutality of domestic abuse have a way out and a way to rebuild their lives,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in supporting these agencies in their efforts to assist victims of domestic violence.”
The organizations receiving grants are:
Montgomery Area Family Violence Program (The Family Sunshine Center) – Two grants totaling $875,644 to provide safe shelter, counseling, legal support and other services for victims in Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery counties.
Selma and Blackbelt Regional Abuse (SABRA) Sanctuary – Two grants totaling $182,415 to provide safe shelter and housing, emotional and legal support and court accompaniment for victims in Dallas, Greene, Marengo, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox counties.
Domestic Violence Intervention Center of Opelika– Two grants totaling $261,763 to provide services to victims in Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa counties. Services include emergency shelter, mental and legal support and counseling and case management.
Columbus Alliance for Battered Women Inc. (Hope Harbour) – Two grants totaling $117,535 to provide crisis intervention, shelter, legal advocacy and other services for victims in Russell County.
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.
Jim Plott or Mike Presley
ADECA Communications and External Affairs