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Gov. Ivey awards domestic violence grants

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants to three organizations that serve victims of domestic violence and provide community awareness of domestic violence in south Alabama.

A $43,310 grant to Penelope House Inc. will help continue providing services to victims in Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile and Washington counties. A $38,533 grant to the Baldwin Family Violence Shelter will support services in Baldwin, Conecuh, Escambia and Monroe counties. A $10,817 grant to Family Counseling Center of Mobile Inc., better known as Lifelines Counseling Services, will provide services to victims in Clarke, Mobile and Washington counties.

“Helping victims escape domestic violence situations and start their recovery process is important, life-saving work,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the staff of these organizations for their dedication to serving domestic violence victims in their communities, and I am pleased to award these grants to help them continue that important work.”

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

“Gov. Ivey continues to show compassion and leadership in helping victims of these horrible crimes, and ADECA stands with her in commending these organizations for their important work,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

Along with grant funding, these organizations rely on local, private donations to ensure that services remain freely available to victims year-round.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim services, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.