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ADECA

July 16, 2019
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Gov. Ivey awards grants to support abuse victims in west Alabama
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MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $660,425 in grant funding to support two nonprofit organizations that assist crime victims in west Alabama.

A $183,570 grant to the Central Alabama Child Advocacy Center will assist young victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse in Bibb, Dallas, Hale, Perry and Wilcox counties. Turning Point will use a $476,855 grant to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization’s coverage area includes Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties.

“Professional, caring help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for victims of abuse,” Ivey said. “These grants will support the important work of the Central Alabama Child Advocacy Center and Turning Point, and I commend the staff members and volunteers of these organizations for assisting victims in their communities.”

The Child Advocacy Center, with a main office in Selma and a satellite office in Centreville, conducts forensic interviews, works with the District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Human Resources and law enforcement. The center provides a child-friendly space for young victims to tell their stories one time, rather than multiple times to each agency.

Turning Point, based in Tuscaloosa, provides emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy, medical advocacy, community outreach, referrals and other services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Grant funding also helps the organization offer prevention education and operate a satellite office in Pickens County.

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

“Gov. Ivey understands the critical need for these services to be available for abuse victims, and ADECA joins her in commending the staff members of these organizations for their service and dedication,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

Along with grant funding, these organizations rely on local, private donations to ensure that these services remain available year-round.

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

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Contact: Josh Carples; Mike Presley

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