Grant For Crime Victims

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The federal government is giving Alabama a financial shot in the arm to help victims of crime.

Alabama has received almost seven (m) million dollars for the state's Crime Victims Assistance Program. The money comes from federal criminal fines, penalty assessments and bond forfeitures collected by federal prosecutors and courts in the state.

The money will be used by victims of crimes -- such as rape, drunk driving, child abuse and domestic violence. The funds are also earmarked to help pay for medical costs, lost wages and funeral expenses.

The near seven (m) million dollar figure is about sixty percent of what the program paid to Alabama crime victims in 2003.