Almost $6 million from the U.S. Department of Justice will go to several public and private organizations in Alabama to provide services for victims of violent crime.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, there were 12,389 violent crimes in Alabama in 2020, the year with the most recent data. The most crime-ridden areas included Jefferson, Mobile, Washington and Baldwin counties.

Like other recent grants, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) will distribute the money to the 17 agencies.

The Alabama Department of Human Resources will receive $1.8 million to provide services to elders who were neglected and abused in the state, and the Office of Prosecution Services will receive $613,772 to prosecutive violent offenders and provide other legal services to victims.

Most of the other organizations receiving money are private nonprofits. These include:

  • The Montgomery area Family Violence Center: $345,341

  • Victims of Crime and Leniency of Montgomery: $169,617

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: $85,950 

  • Thrive Alabama: $74,092

  • Asha Kiran of Huntsville: $499,465 

  • Family Services Center of Huntsville: $84,995

  • Family Services Center of Calhoun County Inc. in Anniston:  $44,885

  • Second Chance Inc. of Anniston: $102,807

  • Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama in Birmingham: $319,925

  • Birmingham AIDS Outreach Inc. of Birmingham: $138,475

  • One Place Family Justice Center of Montgomery: $680,601

  • Wiregrass Angel House in Dothan: $159,485

  • Penelope House of Mobile: $269,547

  • Family Counseling Center of Mobile Inc.: $132,153

  • Humane Society of Shelby County in Columbiana: $45,124 

According to ADECA, the money to the Humane Society of Shelby County is intended to help owners board pets while fleeing dangerous situations.

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