Shelby announces $5.7 million for Alabama crime victim fund

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice released $5,694,000 to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for the Crime Victim's fund.

"Being victimized in a crime is a disturbing event," said Shelby.  "These funds will allow victims and their families to have access to needed services such as counseling, shelter, legal and medical assistance to help them recover after a crime has been committed against them."

This award provides funds from the Crime Victims Fund to enhance crime victim services in the state of Alabama.

The Victims of Crime Act assistance funds are competitively awarded by the state of Alabama to local, community-based organizations that provide direct services to crime victims.