Bentley awards grants to help abuse victims in Mobile, Washington counties

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Governor Bentley

MONTGOMERY— Two organizations will continue offering a helping hand to abuse victims in Mobile and Washington counties thanks in part to grants totaling $437,990 awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley.

A grant of $299,130 is going to the Penelope House Family Violence Center to help the organization provide a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, counseling, case management, victim advocacy and support groups in Mobile and Washington counties. Matching funds of $65,876 will supplement the grants.

The Child Advocacy Center in Mobile is using its $138,860 grant to continue providing counseling, forensic medical exams, legal services, transportation and court preparation for young victims of domestic or sexual abuse in Mobile county. The center, administered by the Mobile County Commission, houses 28 professionals from eight different agencies in a child-friendly facility. Local matching funds of $34,715 will supplement the grant.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, infrastructure upgrades, recreation, energy conservation, water resource management, job training and career development.

Bentley informed Tonie Ann Coumanis Torrans, Penelope House executive director, and Merceria Ludgood, Mobile County Commission chairman, that the grants had been approved.

Contact: Russell Sellers, Mike Presley


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