Riley awards $185,634 to aid abuse victims in local counties

Press Release

MONTGOMERY, AL - Abuse victims in east Alabama will continue to have access to free, professional assistance with the help of three grants awarded by Gov. Bob Riley.

The Domestic Violence Intervention Center in Opelika is receiving two grants totaling $135,703 to assist domestic violence victims in Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties.

A $49,931 grant will help the Child Advocacy Center of East Alabama assist child abuse victims in Lee and Macon counties.

"The trauma experienced by abuse victims must be dealt with compassionately and professionally," Riley said.  "I commend the staffs of these organizations for providing the services victims need and deserve."

Assistance available for domestic victims at the Domestic Violence Intervention Center includes a 24-hour crisis hotline, support groups, individual counseling and referrals to other community agencies that offer additional assistance.

The staff also provides domestic violence prevention and response training to law enforcement personnel and conducts violence-prevention workshops.

The Child Advocacy Center supports victims and their families through counseling and support groups. An advocate meets with family members and law enforcement representatives to develop a plan of action for the abuse case and helps families understand the investigative process.

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

Riley notified Tom O'Shea, president of the Domestic Violence Intervention Center's board, and Mark Chambers, president of the Child Advocacy Center's board, that the grants had been approved. Both nonprofit organizations depend on private donations to enable free assistance to victims.

Source: State of Alabama