APD now equipped with care kits for domestic violence victims

Published 10:23 am Thursday, August 16, 2018

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The city’s police officers will now be able to offer more resources to victims of domestic violence, after the Alabaster Police Department recently partnered with the Hope’s Door program.

Through the partnership, the APD will now have care kits available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide to victims of domestic violence.

The kits, which are provided by Hope’s Door, contain emergency items and a list of resources domestic violence victims can take advantage of, according to the organization.

APD is the most recent local law enforcement agency to receive the care kits from Hope’s Door, which is a center dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence and abuse through education. In early August, Hope’s Door also provided care kits to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said having care kits available to domestic violence victims is important, because victims often are forced to unexpectedly and suddenly leave their homes after a domestic violence situation.

“We continually strive to provide the best services to our citizens,” said Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney. “Victims are often forced to leave these situations with very few personal items. Sometimes they only have the clothes on their backs. These kits will be very helpful for those victims.”