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November 1, 2016
Gov. Bentley awards funds to provide education services, assist domestic violence on Tuscaloosa campuses

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded $205,500 to provide free assistance to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence at the University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College.

The award enables the UA outreach program, Project HOPE, to continue its education, counseling and advocacy services for students, faculty, staff and families on the two Tuscaloosa campuses.

“College should be a time of growing and learning, and students should not have their lives disrupted by a senseless crime,” Bentley said. “I commend Project Hope for their education and support services.”

The education program enlightens students on safety precautions to reduce possibilities of date rape or other assaults. The program assists students who are victims of sexual assault with overcoming their ordeal and helps ensure violators are arrested and prosecuted.

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

“Ensuring that victims of abuse have a place to receive services and information locally is part of the partnership process that we strive to accomplish,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said “ADECA has strong partnerships with organizations that are instrumental in helping a victims recover, and I am pleased to support this grant for the Project HOPE program.”

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, workforce development, water resource management and recreation development.

Bentley notified Cynthia Hope, director of sponsored programs at UA, that the grant had been approved. Local matching funds of $51,375 have been pledged for the program.


Contact Jim Plott or Mike Presley

For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/