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Nonprofits Receive Over $1.7 M to Assist Domestic Violence Victims

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June 21, 2012

Judicial Council Committee Awards Grants for Legal Services

(Atlanta) The Judicial Council of Georgia Domestic Violence Committee has awarded grants totaling $1,718,171 to nine nonprofit agencies. These funds provide civil legal services to approximately 4,500 low income Georgians.

"These grants, for the past 13 years, have been crucial in helping the least amongst us get the help they need to keep their families safe and remain productive citizens," 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 annually appropriated 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.

The Judicial Council Domestic Violence Committee awards grants after a competitive application process. For Fiscal Year 2013 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).

"The Committee is pleased to be able to award grants to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence," stated Committee Chair Judge William T. Boyett, Superior Court, Conasauga Judicial Circuit. “In addition to the obvious human costs to victims including children, there is a tremendous economic cost in health care expense, mental health services, lost time in the workplace for these victims. These funds, appropriated by the Georgia General Assembly, help to substantially reduce domestic violence in our state."

For more information about the Judicial Council and the grant for legal services to assist domestic violence victims, see www.georgiacourts.gov