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Grants awarded to domestic violence organizations in Alabama

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One corporation is giving thousands of dollars in grants to programs which help victims of domestic violence in Alabama.

Verizon announced $95,000 in grant funding to a number of Alabama domestic violence prevention organizations, during  First Lady Dianne Bentley's Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil Tuesday evening.

The event brought together dozens of advocates, law enforcement officers and victim support workers for an event honoring victims and energizing those who provide support and prevention services.

"First Lady Bentley has proven to be a true champion for victims of domestic violence, and her efforts have delivered new attention and energy to this cause across the state of Alabama," said Jonathan LeCompte, president – Georgia/Alabama Region, Verizon Wireless.  "This HopeLine grant in her honor is intended to encourage others to follow in her footsteps, so that our actions today may prevent domestic violence from happening tomorrow."

Seven organizations were awarded $10,000 grants from the Verizon Foundation and HopeLine:

  • Turning Point (Tuscaloosa) – Funding the organization's primary violence prevention education and community outreach targeted to West Alabama youth grades 6-12.
  • Harriet's House (Demopolis) – Funding "Code Purple," a first responder education program.
  • Family Sunshine Center (Montgomery) – Funding "Safe Dates," a teen dating education program for middle- and high-school students.
  • 2nd Chance (Anniston) – Funding "Safe Dates" program, in partnership with Calhoun County and Anniston City Schools.
  • SafePlace (Florence) – Funding the "Lethality Assessment Program," in partnership with law enforcement and first responders.
  • One Place Family Justice Center (Montgomery) – Funding "A Call to Men," a program designed to empower men to speak out against domestic violence.
  • YWCA of Central Alabama (Birmingham) – Funding a program to train healthcare providers on screening patients for domestic violence.

In addition to those 7 organizations, the Verizon Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to the Auburn University Foundation for the Auburn Montgomery School of Nursing to support its RADAR (Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse Resources) program.

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