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November 8, 2016
Governor awards grants to help abuse victims in Russell County

MONTGOMERY– Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded grants totaling $261,943 to help victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault in Russell County.

With a $73,000 grant, the Russell County Child Advocacy Center will continue helping abused children and family members not involved in the abuse. The center offers counseling and advocacy, along with recorded forensic interviews used by all agencies involved in the investigation. This approach allows the child to tell the details of the abuse one time in a safe environment, rather than having to recount the details multiple times to various agencies.

The Crisis Center of Russell County will use grants totaling $188,943 for programs that support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The center offers a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, counseling and necessities such as food, clothing and transportation. The organization also provides education and outreach efforts to make the community more aware of the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“We want crime victims - whether the crime is child abuse, domestic violence or sexual assault - to know that help is available 24 hours a day,” Bentley said. “I commend the staff members of the both the Child Advocacy Center and the Crisis Center in Russell County for their dedication to helping victims.”

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. The Crisis Center is also one of 17 domestic violence centers in the state to receive additional funding through the state’s Domestic Violence Trust Fund. The fund, created through the state marriage license fee, is distributed quarterly to the agencies and is used to provide shelter for victims and to conduct educational and prevention programs.

“Along with these organizations in Russell County, ADECA partners with child advocacy centers, domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers all around the state to help survivors,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “These centers provide vital assistance that help their clients take the first steps toward recovery.”

In addition to grant funding, these nonprofit organizations rely on private donations to ensure that their services remain freely available.

Bentley notified Will Thompson, board president of the Child Advocacy Center, and Stephen Cooper, board president of the Crisis Center, that the grants had been approved.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation.


Contact: Josh Carples; Mike Presley

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