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Tuesday, February 26, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN ANNOUNCES NEW GRANTS TO ASSIST CRIME VICTIMS

$14.7 Million Awarded in 84 Counties

AUSTIN - Local efforts to serve crime victims in Southeast Texas have received more than $185,000 in new grants, Texas Attorney General John Cornyn announced today. The grants are the result of a new state program designed to increase services available to eligible Texans.

The grants are part of the new State of Texas Victims' Assistance Discretionary Grant Program established last year by the Texas Legislature and administered through the Crime Victim Services Division of the Texas Attorney General's Office. Across Texas, 170 programs in 84 counties are receiving the new grants.

"I requested this new source of funding from the Legislature last session to support the heroic endeavors of community efforts serving children, adults and senior citizens who are victims of crime," Attorney General Cornyn said. "These grants will send a message to crime victims in Texas that they are not alone, and that we are committed to expanding our efforts to help organizations facilitate the healing process."

Statewide, grants totaling about $14.7 million are being awarded to 170 non-profit agencies, local governments and state agencies that provide direct victims services, victims services training, victim assistance public awareness or emergency funds to crime victims.

Grant recipients in Southeast Texas (and the amount of their grant) include:

  • CASA of Southeast Texas, Inc. in Beaumont ( $31,157) - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) facilitate and expedite needed services and a permanent home for children placed in foster care because of severe abuse. This project provides support, equipment and training to CASA staff and volunteers.
  • Rape & Suicide Crisis of Southeast Texas, Inc. in Beaumont ($81,138) - This center will implement a 24-hour hotline, medical/legal accompaniment, support groups, and community awareness with the addition of staff, training, and equipment.
  • Newton County District Attorney's Office in Newton ($50,197) - The district attorney's victim assistance program will implement a victim services, training, and awareness project to better serve victims. Equipment and training will assist in meeting project goals.
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office in Orange ($13,889) - This prosecutor based program will supply direct services to crime victims with additional support for the crime victim assistance coordinator.
  • Hardin County Victims Assistance Center in Kountze ($9,375) - This crisis center will enhance services to sexual assault victims with the addition of a counselor.

Grant recipients were selected from a review of applications submitted by agencies and organizations in Texas. The program attracted 294 applications seeking a combined total of $37.4 million.

In addition to the new grants program, the State of Texas distributes funds to victims of crime through the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. Last year more than $41 million was distributed to help more than 12,600 victims of crime.

The Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund helps victims and their families when they have no other means of paying for the financial cost of crime. Funds for the grants and for the compensation fund come from those who break the law, through additional court costs and fees.

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