MONTGOMERY– Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $64,000 grant to an organization that provides assistance for Hispanic victims of domestic violence.
The grant to the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama will help provide legal assistance and other important services for Spanish-speaking domestic violence victims.
“Domestic violence is a horrible crime that affects all communities,” Bentley said. “I am pleased to see this organization provide help to those who may not be aware of the resources and assistance available due to cultural or language barriers."
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim services, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation.
“ADECA partners with many nonprofit organizations around the state that help victims of domestic violence,” ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. said. “Our partnership with the Hispanic Interest Coalition is a way to reach victims who may have cultural or language barriers and help them to access important services.”
Along with grants, nonprofit organizations rely on local, private donations to ensure their services remain available to victims.
Bentley notified Carlos Aleman, vice-chair of the coalition’s board of directors, that the grant had been approved.
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