SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Justice Department has awarded $15.9 million to Illinois agencies to fight domestic abuse. The money comes from the Violence Against Women Act. The funding has been awarded to 19 community agencies, including over $1 million to Rockford area programs. Congress adopted the law 26 years ago, according to Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth. They say the law is intended to “prevent, combat, and investigate sexual assault and violence against women and support critical” services. Prairie State Legal Services of Rockford received $600,000 for the Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program and the Regional Access and Mobilization Project of Rockford received over $420,000 for the Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grant Program.