Governor Awards Grant to Help Protect Domestic Abuse Victims

MONTGOMERY-Gov. Bob Riley has awarded an $87,991 grant to help ensure the safety and protection of victims of domestic abuse across the state.

The Alabama Administrative Office of Courts will use the funding to continue gathering and updating data on domestic abuse cases for a statewide database. This information is used by law enforcement agencies to enforce protective orders across jurisdictional lines.

"Being able to track offenses and enforce protection orders across county lines helps protect the victims from further abuse," said Riley. "I commend this organization for continuing to help domestic violence victims in our state."

The organization works with the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center to obtain information on offenses and offenders from approximately 450 law enforcement agencies, 40 circuit courts, 68 district courts and 92 municipal courts. The information is often sufficient for law enforcement officers to make an arrest, enforce protection orders that may have originated in other areas and to prevent offenders from purchasing handguns.

Riley notified Callie Dietz, administrative director of courts, that the grant had been approved. Funding for the grant was made available to the state through a program with the U.S. Department of Justice. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the award.