Domestic violence conference set

MONTGOMERY— A two-day conference to train those who work with victims of domestic violence will be held in Montgomery Oct. 20-21. Gov. Bob Riley has announced a $34,000 grant to support the event.

The grant to the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence will help fund speakers and training focused on reducing domestic abuse and providing aid to abuse victims and their families.

“Domestic violence affects far too many families in Alabama,” said Riley. “I am pleased to support the dedicated staff and volunteers who work every day to curtail family violence.”

The conference, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is expected to attract 300 to 400 participants including advocacy workers and volunteers, social service workers, law enforcement officers and medical and judicial representatives.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Riley notified Martha Salter, president of ACADV, that the grant had been approved. Matching funds of $8,500 will supplement the award.

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