Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Wednesday, February 27, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN ANNOUNCES NEW GRANT TO ASSIST CRIME VICTIMS IN KERRVILLE

$14.7 Million Awarded in 84 Counties

AUSTIN - The Hill Country Crisis Council, Inc., in Kerrville received a grant for $30,509, Texas Attorney General John Cornyn announced today. The crisis center provides comprehensive services to sexual assault victims.

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 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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