Legislation passed the Senate last week, which will provide “significant funding” for the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV), an organization that provides support and advocacy to battered women and their children.
SB 123 from Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence) ensures that the organization will receive $169,633 for fiscal year 2016. Further, the bill has an “accountability mechanism to protect taxpayers,” which will require ACADV to provide an operations plan and financial statements quarterly and annually.
“A Senate Republican legislative priority for this year is to protect families and children,” Melson said in a news release. “Providing adequate funding for domestic violence support and prevention will give hope to people who find themselves in a seemingly hopeless situation.”
According to the group’s website, about 1 in 3 women is assaulted by a partner during adulthood and two-thirds of those assaulted by an intimate partner say they were victimized several times by the same partner over a 12-month period.
More than 3 million children witness violence against their mothers or female caretakers by family members and alcohol abuse is cited in about 50 percent of all abusive relationships.
Officials with the ACADV were unavailable to comment on the impact of the legislation.