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Grants provide legal aid to victims

6/27/2014, 6 a.m.

Atlanta Legal Aid Society and eight other nonprofits have been awarded $2,071,474 in grants to provide civil legal services for victims of domestic violence.

The grants, awarded June 13 by the Domestic Violence Committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia, will help about 5,200 low-income Georgia victims who are in need of a variety of legal services, like protective orders from the courts to help protect their safety.

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society received $564,909. The other recipients are the Georgia Legal Services Program, $1,393,065; the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center Inc., $25,000; the Wayne County Protective Agency/Fair Haven, $7,500; Gateway House, $9,000; Georgia Law Center for the Homeless, $25,000; Northeast Georgia Shelter Collaborative, $35,000; Peace Place, $3,000; and Southwestern Judicial Circuit, $9,000.

Chief Justice Hugh Thompson of the Georgia Supreme Court said the funds will make a positive difference in the lives of many victims and their children throughout Georgia.

“There are few legal resources and a disproportionate number of domestic violence deaths in certain rural areas of our state,” he said. “I am pleased that some of the grant funds were earmarked to specifically address this need.”