Gov. Ivey awards grants to assist domestic violence victims in south, east Alabama

One of the organizations receiving this grant money is The House of Ruth Inc. in Houston County.
Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 10:14 AM CDT
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According to a press release, Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $89,350 to assist domestic violence victims in 12 south Alabama counties as well as one east Alabama county.

“Domestic violence victims deserve ready access to a variety of professional services including those provided by court advocates who can help them navigate the complexities of the justice system,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the work of these organizations to protect victims and their families every day.”

One of the organizations receiving this grant money is The House of Ruth Inc. in Houston County.

According to a press release, they will be using funds of $39,900 to provide education and training to law enforcement officers, social service workers and other first responders on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization will also offer education and awareness training to public schools and college students through community events, health fairs, job fairs and media outreach.

Executive Director of House of Ruth, Angela Underwood said that the more awareness and training that can be done working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, the better help advocates can be when the situation arises.

In addition to training, the organization also hosts free listening sessions throughout the year in conjunction with the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Thursday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Alfred Saliba Center, the community is invited to engage in a conversation on how to improve the criminal justice response to domestic violence.

To R.S.V.P. to this event email kijana@acadv.org.

To learn more about The House of Ruth Inc. click HERE.

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