(WTVM) - Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has awarded grants totaling $405,380 to support nonprofit organizations assisting domestic violence and child abuse victims in several east Alabama counties.
Grants of $280,380 will help the Domestic Violence Intervention Center continue aiding domestic violence victims in Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph and Tallapoosa counties.
A $125,000 grant awarded to Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services will continue assisting child abuse victims and their families in Lee and Macon counties.
In a release from the Governor's office, Bentley says, "Access to professional assistance is a vital part of helping victims recover from abusive situations." Bentley said. "The staff and volunteers of both organizations are providing such assistance to help victims rebuild their lives."
The Domestic Violence Intervention Center in Opelika offers a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, support groups, counseling and other services to victims. Legal advocates are available to accompany victims to court and help them navigate the criminal justice system.
Twin Cedars assists child abuse victims throughout the investigative process. The center also provides therapy services for victims and advocacy services for families affected by abuse.
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.
In addition to grant funds, both organizations depend on individual donations to ensure a full range of services remains available to victims.