ALABAMA (WDHN)— The state of Alabama has awarded $7.1 million in funds to organizations across the state to assist domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

The House of Ruth Inc., which serves Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and pike counties, will receive $427,034 in funds.

Since being founded in 1982, The House of Ruth has been a beacon of hope and safety for women around the Wiregrass suffering from different kinds of abuse.

The funds, administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, will help provide services like safe shelter, crisis lines, counseling, referrals, advocacy, and assistance in filing compensation claims for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Domestic violence, unfortunately, continues to affect some Alabama families and residents, and they deserve to have access to quick and compassionate services to help them take steps toward recovery and prevent further abuse. I am pleased to support these organizations who help victims navigate the legal system and begin to heal.

Govenor Kay Ivey

Eighteen other organizations around the state were

  • Family Sunshine Center– $838,802
    • Serves Crenshaw, Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Elmore, Lowndes, and Montgomery counties
  • Baldwin Family Violence Shelter– $262,197
    • Serves: Baldwin, Conecuh, Escambia, and Monroe counties
  • Penelope House– $282,806
    • Serves: Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, and Washington counties
  • Legal Services Alabama Inc. $34,293
    • Serves: Madison county
  • Columbus Alliance for Battered Women Inc.– $74,875
    • Serves: Russell county
  • SafeHouse of Shelby County Inc.
    • Serves: Chilton, Clay, Coosa, and Shelby counties
  • King’s Home $449,698
    • Serves: Jefferson, and Shelby counties
  • SAN Inc. (Turning Point)- $216,397
    • Serves: Bibb, Fayette, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa counties
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Center– $194,181
    • Serves: Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph, and Tallapoosa counties
  • 2nd Chance Inc.– $313,523
    • Serves: Calhoun, Cleburne, Etowah, and Talladega counties
  • Family Resource Center of Northwest Alabama Inc.– $167,029
    • Serves: Walker county
  • Victim Services of Cullman Inc.– $292,811
    • Serves: Cullman county
  • Safeplace, Inc.– $1,366,222
    • Serves: Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion, and Winston counties
  • One Place of the Shoals– $50,593
    • Serves: Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion, and Winston counties
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Services– $171,143
    • Serves: Cherokee, DeKalb, and Marshall counties
  • Crisis Services of North Alabama Inc.
    • Serves: Jackson, Limestone, Madison, and Morgan county
  • Selma and Blackbelt Regional Abuse Sanctuary Inc.- $156,332
    • Serves: Dallas, Greene, Marengo, Perry, Sumter, and Wilcox counties
  • YWCA Central Alabama– $673,051
    • Serves: Blount, Jefferson, and St. Clair counties

The funds were made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.