DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Circle City is one step closer to assisting victims of sexual assault.

The city of Dothan has been working with organizations like the House of Ruth, the Exchange Center of Dothan, and the Child Advocacy Center to bring a facility that would not only collect DNA but also offer help and counseling to victims of sexual assault.

According to Dothan’s Mayor Mark Saliba, at this time, the agencies have formed a non-profit to run the future facility and will be meeting Tuesday to push forward the next steps.

The next steps are looking for a board of directors, looking into possible federal and state funding that will be needed to operate the sustainability of the center, and discussing where the facility will be located at.

“These groups have come together they have collaborated and communicated,” Mayor Saliba tells WDHN. “They are trying to one-by-one try to work with the issues and the challenges that are there in dealing with this topic.”

Mayor Saliba said it’s the goal of the city to be able to provide these crucial resources so victims don’t have to travel out of the city.