Ivey grants nearly $600,000 to support Wiregrass crime victims

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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey walks off the stage after winning the Republican nomination for Governor of Alabama at the Renaissance Hotel, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Nearly $600,000 from the state will now go to help Wiregrass crime victims, an announcement from Gov. Kay Ivey says.

Ivey gave two grants that will provide $586,733 to support two nonprofits that specialize in supporting crime victims.

“Professional care and support are vital components to helping victims of crime in the Wiregrass area,” Ivey said. “I commend the staffs and volunteers of both of these organizations, and I am pleased to award these grants to help them continue the important work they do in serving their communities.”

The Exchange Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Dothan will receive $307,000 to help its mission of helping victims of different forms of abuse.

Visitors to the center can get free trauma counseling and other kinds of support. The organization serves people across Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties. 

Aside from the Dothan office, there is also a smaller location in Geneva.

The Wiregrass Angel House is also included in this grant. The state has awarded $279,733 to aid the nonprofit in helping those harmed by violent crimes like robberies and the families of homicide victims.

Its services are numerous as it provides “crime scene cleanup, counseling, crisis intervention, court accompaniment, compensation filing and a therapy dog program for victims and surviving family members.”

In addition to these services, the nonprofit also maintains an online memorial for homicide victims, which you can see here.

The Angel House in Dothan has mostly the same range as the Exchange Center but serves people in Bullock County as well. There is also a second location based in Montgomery.

Both organizations receive support through the form of grants and private donations.

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