State leaders speak on Alabama’s domestic violence aid, laws

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) --Domestic violence awareness month is coming to an end, but for state leaders working on Alabama's efforts to provide aid and increase awareness, it is an ongoing process.

Local leaders say the state of Alabama is undergoing a process to restructure, improve, and strengthen its response to domestic violence. State Senator Clay Scofield says the numbers and statistics involved are not up to date. He says there is work in progress to remedy that. "So that we can know how effective our shelters are, based off their current locations," Senator Scofield says.

Senator Scofield says there's also work in progress to look at strengthening the state's domestic violence laws. In this next legislative session, Senator Scofield says he hopes to push a plan forward to help with the efforts."Money's extremely tight in the general fund, we all know that, but we really have a situation here that needs to be attended to," Senator Scofield says.

Another goal is to raise awareness of this topic. Senator Scofield says overall, there is progress in the works so when victims look to a place to turn, they can find all of the resources they need in abundance. "We want to make sure that they have the assistance that they need to get themselves, even their children, out of a very bad situation," Senator Scofield says.

Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a hotline number, which is 1-800-650-6522.

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