MONTGOMERY– Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded three grants totaling $29,950 to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in east Alabama.
Bentley awarded a $10,200 grant to Rape Counselors of East Alabama which serves Chambers, Lee, Macon and Tallapoosa counties. The Domestic Violence Intervention Center, which serves Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties, received a $10,000 grant. Bentley awarded a $9,750 grant to the Crisis Center of Russell County.
“When someone is victimized by domestic violence or sexual assault, they need to know that free, professional help is available 24 hours a day,” said Bentley. “I commend the staff of these agencies for the outreach and assistance they provide to those in need.”
Along with 24-hour crisis hotlines, these nonprofit organizations assist victims through a variety of services including counseling, emergency shelter, court advocacy and referrals to community agencies that can assist with other needs.
In addition to grant funding, these agencies rely on local, private donations to ensure that these free services continue to be offered to victims.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.
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