Gov. Kay Ivey is allocating additional financial assistance to sixteen nonprofit agencies across Alabama whose focus is on helping victims of domestic violence, it was announced Monday.

The additional funding will come from the state’s Domestic Violence Trust Fund, which was created by the Alabama legislature in 2015.

<span style=”font-family: Times; font-size: small;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”>“Domestic violence, unfortunately, affects every segment of society and can destroy lives and families,” Ivey said in a press release. “The Domestic Violence Trust Fund gives these agencies additional resources to help families find safe shelter and rebuild their lives.”</span></span>

The allocation of money from the Domestic Violence Trust Fund is managed by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). When ADECA considers appropriating funds, several factors are considered, including service area population and the prevalence of domestic violence in those areas.

<span style=”font-family: Times; font-size: small;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”>“Gov. Ivey recognizes the impact that these service agencies provide to help families escape harmful situations and avoid further injury or worse,” ADECA Director Kenneth Bowell said in a press release. “These services are provided for free and are often administered by skilled, compassionate volunteers, including many who have been in those same situations themselves.”</span></span>

Throughout the first three quarters of the 2019 fiscal year, ADECA has doled out $1.2 million to non-profits across the state.

<a href=””>Turning Point</a> in Tuscaloosa County was one of the agencies that will receive funding.

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