MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Almost $200,000 has been awarded to a local organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse.
This is thanks to a $191,069 grant from Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, taken from funds given to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The money will be used to help the Troy-based Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center continue its four-county operation, which provides counseling and medical examinations for children in a comfortable environment. It also helps with criminal investigations into child abuse cases.
“There is never an excuse for someone to abuse a child, and such actions demand an effective response,” Ivey said. “I commend the staff of the center for helping these young victims and for assisting law enforcement investigations of the crimes committed against these innocent children.”
The center helps victims around Barbour, Bullock, Coffee and Pike counties. In addition to the grant, $40,396 of local matching funds will add to the center’s revenue.