Tuesday, February 26, 2002
ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN ANNOUNCES NEW GRANTS TO ASSIST CRIME VICTIMS
$14 Million Awarded in 84 Counties
AUSTIN - Local efforts to serve crime victims in the Houston area have received more than
$1.6 million 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 the Houston area (and the amount of their grant) include:
- Houston Area Women's Center ($200,000) - Assisting victims of domestic
violence and sexual assault, this center is expanding staff to reach minority victims
of violence and people with mental and physical disabilities. Additional staff will
provide training to allied professionals to prevent possible revictimization. Direct
services include crisis counseling and group support, in-person information and
referral, legal advocacy, and emergency financial assistance.
- City of Houston, Mayor's Office of Public Safety ($106,971) - The mayor's office
will expand services to victims by implementing an Hispanic Victims Outreach
Project. Additional staff, training, and equipment will increase the number of victims
served and heighten public awareness.
- Montrose Counseling Center in Houston ($69,604) - This center will enhance direct
services to survivors of sexual assault by providing training and additional support
- The Cameron Project in Houston ($176,489) - This agency will implement a victim
assistance program to increase the awareness and delivery of crime victim services
and provide information to the elderly and disabled.
- City of Pearland ($105,180) - The city will implement a comprehensive victim
assistance program with a full-time victim liaison officer, training, and equipment.
- Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office ($15,801) - Services in this law enforcement
based victim assistance program will expand with the addition of an emergency
assistance fund, training for the liaison, and equipment.
- Fort Bend County Child Advocates, Inc. ($45,768) - 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.
- Fort Bend County Women's Center, Inc. ($136,945) - This center will enhance
services to survivors of sexual assault with the addition of staff and supplies.
- Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County (CAC) ($66,440) - This
children's advocacy center will seek to reduce the impact of child abuse by providing
a trained interviewer in a child-friendly environment. Information, referral, and
follow-up will also be provided to the child and family.
- Women's Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County, Inc. ($34,709) - This
women's resource and crisis center will increase the number of volunteers providing
direct service to sexual assault victims.
- Bay Area Turning Point, Inc. in Webster ($46,150) - This center will provide crisis
intervention and continued services to sexual assault victims with additional staff,
training, and supplies.
- Bay Area Women's Center in Baytown ($69,459) - This women's crisis center will
provide more support groups and counseling sessions, and programs to better serve
victims of sexual assault.
- City of Humble Police Department ($4,600) - This law enforcement based victim
liaison will provide crime victims with emergency funds for those necessities not
covered by the crime victims compensation fund.
- City of Jacinto City Police Department ($23,206) - A victim assistance officer in
this police department will provide follow-up and assistance to crime victims.
Training, equipment, and supplies, will further the project goals by providing public
awareness and education.
- City of LaPorte Police Department ($66,666) - This law enforcement agency will
implement a comprehensive victim assistance program with a full-time victim liaison
officer, training, and equipment.
- Family Time Foundation, Inc. in Humble ($105,029) - This agency will increase
services to sexual assault victims with additional staff support, training, supplies,
- The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc. in Pasadena ($99,015) - This project will
expand existing services for sexual assault victims with the addition of a caseworker
and bilingual education advocate.
- Matagorda County Women's Crisis Center, Inc. in Baytown ($34,446) - This
women's center will provide enhanced services to victims of sexual assault with
additional staff support, training, and supplies.
- Montgomery County Women's Center in The Woodlands ($165,979) - This center
will expand services to sexual assault survivors with the addition of an Hispanic
Outreach Specialist, an Adults Molested as Children (AMAC) Counselor, and an
- San Jacinto County, Criminal District Attorney's Office, in Coldspring ($94,678) -
Provides for a prosecutor-based, victim assistance coordinator and equipment to offer
information and referral to crime victims. The project will also develop a volunteer
program to further these goals.
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
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
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