Gov. Ivey awards grant to help crime victims navigate the court system

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $475,016 grant to help Alabama crime victims better navigate the judicial system. 

The grant to the state Office of Prosecution Services will help maintain certified victim service officers throughout the state and continue its use of certified facility dogs that help people, especially children, who have been victims of crime or witnesses to a violent crime. 

“The intricacies of the criminal justice system can feel confusing and daunting to people who have been victimized by criminal activity,” Gov. Ivey said. “This grant helps serve those victims and provide the information and support they need to better navigate the court system and obtain justice.” 

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

“Gov. Ivey continues to show that she is a strong advocate for crime victims in Alabama,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “These funds will help provide needed support for people in this state who have been victims of crime.” 

Ivey notified OPS Executive Director Barry Matson that the grant had been approved.