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February 5, 2019
Gov. Ivey awards grants to assist domestic violence victims in northeast Alabama

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded more than $230,000 to assist victims of domestic violence in northeast Alabama while ensuring that those committing the crimes are punished.

Funds are being provided to a non-profit agency that provides services for victims and to law enforcement agencies that work to arrest and prosecute offenders.

“Domestic violence and sexual violence destroy lives and families,” Ivey said. “I am thankful for the agencies that help victims and their families and for the law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s way to ensure that offenders are arrested and brought to justice.”

Ivey awarded the following grants:

2nd Chance Inc. ($19,217) – The Anniston-based organization will use the funds to continue its family violence prevention program for Calhoun and surrounding counties. The organization conducts domestic and dating-violence prevention talks to students and the local community and maintains a presence on local television, radio and social media.

Calhoun County Commission ($48,190) – The District Attorney’s Office Family Violence Unit of the 7th Judicial Circuit will continue to investigate and prosecute domestic violence offenders in Calhoun and Cleburne counties.

Talladega County Commission ($61,656) – The 29th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Crime Unit will continue serving victims in Talladega County and prosecuting offenders.

Etowah County Commission ($101,540) – The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office will use funds as an additional resource for the Domestic Violence Unit which investigates domestic violence and sexual assault complaints.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state from the U.S. Department of Justice. While the grants provide an important resource to the service agencies, they still rely heavily on locally generated donations to operate.

“Gov. Ivey and ADECA are committed to helping service and law-enforcement agencies continue their commitment to their communities by helping victims and arresting offenders,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

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


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