Domestic violence victims in Selma, Dallas County to get financial assistance from Ivey

Published 8:10 am Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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Dallas County is one of the six Black Belt Counties that will receive aid for  domestic violence victims from Governor Kay Ivey.

The $20,900 grant funds will help the Selma and Blackbelt Regional Abuse Sanctuary to continue serving victims in Dallas, Greene, Marengo, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox counties. SABRA provides crisis shelter, case management, counseling, court advocacy and referral services. “Domestic violence victims in the Black Belt should have access to safe shelter and professional services like those provided by SABRA,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the efforts of the staff members who work to protect victims and their families every day.”

Sabra Sanctuary Executive Director Merrill South said she appreciates the funding.

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“SABRA Sanctuary is humbled to be entrusted with these funds, and we will use the money to continue our mission to assist victims of domestic violence in our service area work toward a safe, hopeful future for our clients while providing shelter and services when we are needed most,” South said.

“These funds will specifically be used to ensure court advocacy to victims in all six counties, while supporting outreach efforts as well. We hope to see everyone who supports our efforts at our Candlelight Vigil for victims, survivors, and their families in October.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department.

“ADECA is pleased to partner with the organization to ensure that all abuse victims in these counties have access to safe shelter and assistance,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.