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Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia
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Local nonprofits gain grant to help domestic violence victims in Georgia

ATLANTA -- The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee awarded a grant on Friday that will go towards the work of nine nonprofit organizations in and near Atlanta. 

The grant of almost $1.6 million will help bring legal services to around 4,500 people with low income around Georgia who have suffered from domestic violence and are working to bounce back. A spokeswoman for the Judicial Council reported that the funds are given each year to develop domestic violence training and legal services for victims.

According to the spokeswoman, not included are divorces, deportations and other matters which are not related with the victim's safety, along with economic security. 

All nonprofits receiving part of the grant must first meet guidelines set by the Judicial Council of Georgia. Plus, the spokeswoman said, that requires limiting the provision of the approved civil legal services to victims whose income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

"For over 15 years, this critical appropriation has saved the lives and brought child support, health care, and other essentials to the indigent victims of domestic violence and their children," Linda Klein, former President of the State Bar of Georgia said. "A small investment by our state has an enormous payback." 

Klein helped to lobby the General Assembly to provide the first grant back in 1999.

For the Fiscal Year 2014, the nonprofits receiving the grant include Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc., Gateway House, Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, Georgia Legal Services Program, Northeast Georgia Shelter Collaborative, Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center, Inc., Peace Place, Salvation Army of Central Georgia and Wayne County Protective Agency/Fair Haven. 

 

 

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