Grants will help domestic violence victims


Two grants will be supporting nonprofit organizations that assist abuse victims in Blount and Walker counties. {}Governor Robert Bentley awarded a $93,805 grant to Daybreak and $50,333 the Blount County Children's Center. {}Daybreak is the Family Resource Center of Northwest Alabama, for assistance to domestic violence victims in Walker County. It provides safe emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis line and court advocates to help victims understand the criminal justice process, prepare for court appearances and file for protection orders if needed.The $50,333 grant will help the Blount County Children's Center continue coordinating a team of representatives from law enforcement and other local and state agencies that handles child abuse investigations. A specially trained staff member talks with the child about the abuse; other agencies needing the information view the interview on closed circuit television, eliminating the added stress the child would endure if required to talk about the abuse multiple times. Counseling and support groups are available for victims and family members.The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department. ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, workforce development, water resource management and recreation development.