Governor awards $3.35 million to assist victims of violence

MONTGOMERY — A Shelby County-based animal shelter that takes in or arranges boarding for pets for those fleeing domestic violence situations is among eight organizations awarded funds from Gov. Kay Ivey. In total, the Governor awarded almost $3.35 million to assist victims statewide.

The Humane Society of Shelby County in Columbiana was awarded $40,612 to continue boarding dogs, cats and other pets belonging to domestic violence victims who for their own safety had to leave their homes. In many cases, domestic violence shelters that assist victims cannot accommodate their pets.

The Governor also awarded funds to agencies that assist sexual assault victims and crime victims and aid those injured or who had family members injured or die because of intoxicated drivers.

“Domestic violence takes a heavy toll on entire families. While these organizations can never fully take away the pain and suffering in those awful situations, they can and do offer aid, comfort and expertise to benefit victims,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend these organizations for the care they show to victims as they help them recover.”

The Humane Society of Shelby County takes in pets or finds temporary shelter for them when persons flee domestic violence situations. According to the organization, many domestic violence shelters say that left-behind pets are a factor in why many victims refused to leave their homes. The organization also helps arrange veterinary care for pets that may have been neglected or injured in a domestic violence situation. Funding to the shelter also helps pay pet deposits when victims move to a rental house or apartment.

In addition to the Humane Society of Shelby County, other agencies receiving funds include:

Alabama Department of Human Resources– $1.65 million to provide shelter, housing and support services for elderly people who are abused. Types abuse may range from physical harm, neglect, identity theft and financial crimes.

The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence – Two grants totaling $527,500 to ensure victims of domestic violence are provided emergency housing, counseling, court assistance and legal support.

Alabama Office of Prosecution Services – $552,351 to provide legal assistance statewide for crime victims.

The Alabama Coalition Against Rape Inc. – $191,840 to provide referrals, support, safety services and legal assistance to victims statewide.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving – $77,355 to provide emotional support, legal accompaniment and assistance for people or their families who were victims of crashes involving drugs, alcohol and illegal substances.

Victims of Crime and Leniency – $152,655 to provide legal assistance and advocacy for family members of victims of robbery and homicide.

Birmingham AIDS Outreach Inc. – $124,628 to provide information, referrals, and emotional and safety support to victims in Blount, Cullman, Jefferson, Madison, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties.

Legal Services Alabama Inc. – $30,864 to provide legal aide in domestic violence situations.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.

“ADECA supports these agencies and the work they do in assisting victims and their families in circumstances that many of us cannot imagine,” 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.



Jim Plott or Mike Presley

ADECA Communications and External Affairs

(334) 242-5525

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