June 14, 2013
Judicial Council Committee Awards Grants for Legal Services
(Atlanta) The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee has awarded grants totaling $1,692,948 to nine nonprofit agencies. These funds are used to provide civil legal services to approximately 4,500 low income Georgians.
"For over 15 years, this critical appropriation has saved lives and brought child support, health care, and other essentials to the indigent victims of domestic violence and their children. A small investment by our state has an enormous pay-back." stated Ms. Linda Klein, a former President of the State Bar of Georgia, who was instrumental in lobbying the General Assembly to provide the initial grant in 1999.
State funds are appropriated annually to the Judicial Council by the Georgia General Assembly for legal services and domestic violence training. Divorces, deportations, or other legal matters not associated with the victim’s safety or economic security are not included. Prior to receiving these grant funds, the new grantees must comply with the Judicial Council of Georgia’s grant guidelines, which includes limiting the provision of the approved civil legal services to victims whose income falls below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
The Judicial Council Domestic Violence Committee awards grants after a competitive application process. For Fiscal Year 2014 the following nonprofit agencies received grants: Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. (Atlanta); Gateway House (Gainesville); Georgia Law Center for the Homeless (Atlanta); Georgia Legal Services Program (Atlanta); Northeast Georgia Shelter Collaborative (Northeast Georgia); Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center, Inc. (Dalton); Peace Place (Winder); Salvation Army of Central Georgia (Macon); and Wayne County Protective Agency/Fair Haven (Jesup).
For more information about the Judicial Council and the grant for legal services to assist domestic violence victims, see www.georgiacourts.gov