Sep 08 2008

Shelby Announces $34,113 for State Victim Assistance Academies

Montgomery Advertiser

By Markeshia Ricks

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, announced Monday that the Department of Justice will award $34,113 to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office for the new State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAA).

This grant is awarded through the fiscal 2008 State Victim Assistance Academy Initiative, which aims to assist states in establishing their own SVAA that will offer training to personnel who routinely interact with victims of crimes.

“It is terrible to be a victim of a crime and it is critical that those who interact with victims are properly trained to provide the necessary assistance and advocacy,” Shelby said. “The Alabama Attorney General, in collaboration with Troy University, will use this important grant to develop strategies for implementing Alabama’s new SVAA.”