Seventeen domestic violence agencies across Alabama will see additional funding to provide services to victims, according to the Governor’s Office.
In January, the Domestic Violence Trust Fund took effect. The fund provides extra money for the agencies so they can shelter victims and organize programs designed to help prevent domestic violence.
Enacted by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Robert Bentley in June 2015, the law establishing the fund involves the distribution of money raised through marriage license fees. License fees of $60 are set aside for domestic violence programs in the state.
“Domestic violence impacts many women and families across Alabama, but thanks to our state’s domestic violence agencies that offer services to help end the cycle of abuse, a victim has resources that can help rebuild lives,” Bentley said.
Agencies will receive funding on a quarterly basis. The money will be allocated to agencies based on the number of marriage licenses issued and prescribed by a formula based on factors such as population and the number of domestic violence cases.