ALABAMA (WAFF) - Domestic violence agencies across Alabama will begin receiving additional funds to help provide services for victims.
The Domestic Violence Trust Fund went into effect in January and helps supply revenue to the agencies to provide shelter, and conduct educational and prevention programs.
Governor Bentley signed the act into law in June 2015. The law sets the marriage license fee at $60. That money is then distributed to help the state programs.
"Domestic violence impacts many women and families across Alabama, but thanks to our state's domestic violence agencies that offer services to help end the cycle of abuse, a victim has resources that can help rebuild lives," Bentley said. "I am pleased to have played a role in establishing the Domestic Violence Trust Fund, and I know these grants will be the first of many new opportunities to help women and families who experience domestic violence."
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs manages the program and will distribute the money to the programs quarterly.
According to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the allocations of funds for each agency varies with the number of marriage license issued and is determined by a formula that involves numerous factors including population and the number of domestic violence incidents.
ADECA also supplies other funding through federal sources to each of the agencies annually, but even with those sources they still depend on local revenue sources.
"ADECA's partnership with domestic violence agencies enables us to reach the people at the local level that need and deserve these services," said ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. "There are resources available to victims of domestic violence, and ADECA is proud to support funding that connects victims to resources."
The following agencies will be receiving the funds:
- Safeplace (Lauderdale, Colbert, Lawrence, Winston, Marion and Franklin)
- Asha Kiran (Madison)
- Crisis Services of North Alabama (Limestone, Madison, Jackson and Morgan)
- Marshall County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Marshall, DeKalb and Cherokee)
- Victim Services of Cullman (Cullman)
- Turning Point (Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Bibb and Hale)
- Family Resource Center of Northwest Alabama (Walker)
- 2nd Chance (Etowah, Cleburne, Calhoun and Talladega)
- YWCA Domestic Violence Services (Blount, St. Clair and Jefferson)
- Safehouse of Shelby County (Shelby, Clay and Coosa)
- Domestic Violence Intervention Center (Randolph, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Lee and Macon)
- SABRA Sanctuary (Perry, Dallas, Wilcox, Sumter, Marengo and Greene)
- Family Sunshine Center (Chilton, Autauga, Elmore, Montgomery, Lowndes, Butler and Crenshaw)
- Crisis Center of Russell County (Russell)
- Penelope House (Washington, Mobile, Clarke and Choctaw)
- The Lighthouse of Baldwin County (Escambia, Baldwin, Conecuh and Monroe)
- House of Ruth (Bullock, Barbour, Pike, Coffee, Dale, Henry, Houston, Geneva and Covington)
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