MONTGOMERY—A nonprofit center dedicated to assisting child abuse victims in southeast Alabama is receiving support from two grants totaling $195,052 awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley.
The Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center will use the funds to continue helping victims in Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties.
The Dothan-based center offers counseling services, a child-friendly atmosphere for conducting investigative interviews, therapy programs and an advocacy program to help victims and their families navigate the criminal justice system.
Established in 1991, the organization has assisted more than 10,700 victims and family members and presented more than 2,000 educational programs about child abuse prevention to law enforcement agencies, churches, schools and other community groups.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Matching funds of $48,762 will supplement the grants.