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November 8, 2017
Governor awards $1.7 million to aid victims in southwest Alabama

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $1.7 million to help nonprofit organizations in southwest Alabama provide support to victims of crime and their families.

“Victims and their families should be able to find the help and services they need to begin recovering and seeking justice,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to support the important work that the staffs and volunteers of these organizations perform daily to ensure that victims receive the care and assistance they need.”

The organizations offer services including 24-hour crisis hotlines, support groups, crisis counseling, case management, financial crime awareness and education classes as well as assistance with financial recovery from identity theft, fraud and assistance in filing Alabama Crime Victims’ Compensation forms.

For sexual assault and abuse victims, organizations coordinate exams by nurses who have special training to gather crucial forensic evidence used in court cases. Sexual assault victims also receive emergency transportation to and from the hospital, safe shelter and referrals to free, short-term counseling and other follow-up care if needed.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Justice Department. ADECA administers an array of programs in law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, workforce development, water resources and recreation development.

“Gov. Ivey is committed to helping those who unfortunately become victims of crime gain access to professional assistance when they need it the most,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “I join the governor in commending these organizations for their work in assisting victims and their families.”

A list of the organizations receiving grant funds and the counties served follows below.

• Family Counseling Center of Mobile Inc. - $415,414 to assist victims of sexual assault, homicide, armed robbery, financial crimes and child sexual assault in Clarke, Mobile and Washington counties.

• CARE House Inc. - $108,113 to assist child victims of sexual assault and abuse and their family members in Baldwin County.

• Penelope House Inc. - $586,000 to help victims of domestic violence in Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile and Washington counties.

• Baldwin Family Violence Shelter - $430,419 to aid domestic violence victims in Monroe, Escambia, Baldwin and Conecuh counties.

• Regional Child Advocacy Center, Inc. - $100,000 to help child abuse victims in Clarke, Washington and Choctaw counties.

• Escambia County Regional Child Advocacy Center - $100,000 to assist child abuse victims Escambia, Monroe and Conecuh counties.


Contact: Russell Sellers, Mike Presley

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