Gov. Ivey awards grants for domestic violence enforcement, training and related services for agencies in north Alabama; Cullman a recipient

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $130,000 in grants to help agencies investigate and prosecute domestic violence and related crimes while providing services for victims.

“There is no excuse for domestic violence and those who commit that atrocious act need to be held accountable,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend and support these agencies for the work they do to obtain justice for victims by arresting and prosecuting offenders.”

The Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office was awarded $61,750. Funds will support One Place of the Shoals Family Justice Center which provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexually related crimes in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties.

The Marion County Commission was awarded $53,200 to support the Marion County Domestic Violence Recovery Program. The program investigates and prosecutes domestic violence cases in Marion and Winston counties.

Victim Services of Cullman Inc. was awarded $14,300 and will use funds for its community outreach and education programs in Cullman and Winston counties. The goal is to teach people about domestic violence, sexual harassment and other related crimes. The agency also helps train law enforcement officers on common domestic violence issues.

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

“Gov. Ivey understands and appreciates the dedication and sacrifice that these agencies provide in handling domestic violence issues and providing support for families,” 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.