MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $686,265 grant to support an organization that aids victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Cullman and Winston Counties.
Victim Services of Cullman, Inc. will use the grant funds to continue providing services to victims including temporary shelter, counseling, court advocacy, a 24-hour crisis line and assistance with jobs, education and housing.
“Domestic violence and sexual assault victims deserve to receive assistance that helps them find safe places to escape their abusers, navigate the legal system and begin rebuilding their lives,” Ivey said. “I commend the staff members and volunteers of Victim Services of Cullman for their diligent work to assist those seeking help in Cullman and Winston counties.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Justice Department.
“ADECA stands with Gov. Ivey in supporting organizations that assist victims of abuse,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “Our partnerships with these organizations help victims have access to the assistance they need in a timely manner.”
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.
Ivey notified Erin Dover, Victim Services of Cullman Inc. board president, that the grant had been approved. Matching funds of $171,566 will supplement the grant.