- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Governor Robert Bentley has awarded grants to help fund programs that provide assistance to survivors of domestic abuse in several Alabama counties.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs says Bentley awarded more than $38,750 to the Marion County Commission to support a program that helps prosecute domestic violence cases in Marion and Winston counties.

Bentley also awarded an $85,500 grant to help fund a program in Escambia County that will help the district attorney and sheriff’s office investigate domestic violence cases. The money will also help the county provide counseling for victims.

Officials also say Bentley awarded a grant of more than $49,600 to the Marshall County District Attorney’s office to fund a similar domestic violence unit as the one in Escambia County.

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