MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Grants totaling $244,000 aimed at helping victims of domestic violence are being awarded to five central Alabama counties, Gov. Robert Bentley's office confirmed Tuesday. The counties include Autauga, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, and Montgomery.
"Domestic violence is a terrible crime, and those who are guilty must be held accountable," Bentley said. "I commend these domestic violence units for helping victims and prosecuting offenders."
Of that money, $137,000 will go to support the 19th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Unit which covers Autauga, Chilton, and Elmore counties. Matching funds of nearly $46,000 will supplement the grant to the Elmore County Commission, which acts as the unit's fiscal agent.
Another $85,000 will support the Montgomery County Violence Against Women Prosecution Unit. Matching funds of $28,000 will supplement the grant to the Montgomery County Commission.
The final $22,000 will go to the Crenshaw County Sheriff's Office's efforts to maintain a domestic violence investigator. Matching funds of $7,300 are supplementing the grant to the Crenshaw County Commission.
The money is being administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department.