YWCA awarded three-year legal assistance grant

The YWCA was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Justice that will assist adult and youth victims seeking relief in legal matters.

The Office of Violence Against Women awarded a three-year Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Grant to the YWCA Central Alabama, a United Way organization that responds to the needs of women and families.{} The purpose of the LAV program is to increase the availability of legal assistance to victims, both young and old, of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.{} The objective of the program is to develop innovative, collaborative projects that provide quality representation to victims.

From a YWCA release:

"LAV grant funds will allow the YWCA to hire two new attorneys to join the YW Family Law Center, a comprehensive, holistic, legal services system that serves victims of domestic violence in Jefferson, St. Clair and Blount counties. The YWCA is the area's only certified provider of domestic violence services and is an established leader in court advocacy and legal services."

The law center serves as a legal representation resource to survivors dealing with a wide variety of legal issues, and YWCA says without it, many victims return to their abusive environments.{} Their goal is to provide supportive services that will assist victims in living a life that is violence-free.