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More than a dozen domestic violence agencies across Alabama — including Tuscaloosa’s Turning Point — are getting a little extra help from the state so they can provide important services for victims.

The Domestic Violence Trust Fund, which went into effect in January, helps fund shelter for victims along with educational opportunities and prevention programs.

That law sets Alabama’s marriage license fee at $60. The fee is distributed to domestic violence shelters across the state.

Turning Point Education and Outreach Coordinator Portia Shepherd said the extra money means more residents are getting the help they need.

“We are one of two shelters in the state that houses both men and women, so this will help us increase that help for men and women,” she said. “We need a bigger space, so this is going to help in that process as well.” Education and Outreach Coordinator for Turning Point

Turning Point’s men, women and children shelter features 16-beds, Shepherd said.

If you or someone you know needs help fleeing an abusive situation, Turning Point offers a 24-hour helpline at 205-758-0808 or 1-800-650-6522.


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