$300K in grants will help abuse victims

Published 3:38pm Friday, December 27, 2013

Gov. Robert Bentley’s office announced in a Friday press release that the state has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Baldwin and Escambia counties.

Grants totaling $238,883 will help the Baldwin County Family Violence Project, known as the Lighthouse, to offer a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, court advocacy and other services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims in Baldwin and Escambia counties.

A grant of $66,270 will help CARE House Inc. to assist child victims of physical and sexual abuse in Baldwin County. The organization offers counseling, advocacy and a child-friendly environment for victims to talk to law enforcement and social service personnel. A parent not involved in the abuse may also receive services.

“When these terrible crimes occur, victims need access to professional aid,” Bentley said. “I commend the staff of these agencies for helping victims take steps toward recovery.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state by the U.S. departments of Justice and Health and Human Services. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, workforce development, energy conservation, economic development, water resource management and recreation.

Bentley notified John Sirmon, board president of Lighthouse, and Claudine Nichols, board chairwoman of CARE House, that the grants had been approved.

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