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Gov. Ivey awards grants to assist victims in east Alabama

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded more than $645,000 to assist victims of domestic violence in east Alabama through two agencies that offer safe shelter and other services.

Ivey awarded $393,880 to the Domestic Violence Intervention Center to serve residents in Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties. Crisis Center of Russell County, which serves residents in that county, will receive a $251,163 grant.

“Domestic violence should never happen to anyone, anywhere or in any form. Yet the sad fact is that it does occur,” Ivey said. “Fortunately, places like the Domestic Violence Intervention Center and the Crisis Center of Russell County are there to help victims and their families through these terrible ordeals.”

The Domestic Violence Intervention Center, based in Opelika, and the Crisis Center of Russell County, located in Phenix City, each provide 24-hour availability, emergency shelter, support services, court advocacy and other services at no charge.

Each of the agencies are nonprofits that rely on support from the public to help with operating expenses.

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.

“Gov. Ivey and ADECA are committed to helping victims receive the services and guidance they need in order to recover from abuse,” 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.