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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN ANNOUNCES NEW GRANTS TO ASSIST CRIME VICTIMS IN SOUTH TEXAS

Grants Awarded in 84 Counties

AUSTIN - Local efforts to serve crime victims in South Texas have received more than $1.1 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 South Texas (and the amount of their grant) include:

  • Hill Country Crisis Council, Inc., Kerrville, $30,509, for sexual assault victims services
  • LaSalle County Sheriff's Office, Cotulla, $105,395, for a victims' advocate program
  • Atascosa County, Jourdanton, $46,323, for expansion of services to crime victims in a five-county area
  • Alamo Area Rape Crisis Center, San Antonio, $195,076, for sexual violence support services
  • Alamo Children's Advocacy Center, San Antonio, $137,530, for victim assistance services
  • Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., San Antonio, $60,820, for evening and weekend counselor and caseworker
  • JOVEN CARES program, San Antonio, $147,508, for child abuse-related counseling in 50 targeted elementary schools in under-served areas
  • St. Peter - St. Joseph Children's Home, San Antonio, $167,115
  • Comal County Family Violence Shelter, Inc., New Braunfels, $112,599, for a crisis response system
  • Guadalupe Valley Family Violence Shelter, Seguin, $12,000, for a victims assistance program
  • Amistad Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center, Del Rio, $87,040, for a sexual assault prevention and intervention program
  • Mason County Attorney's Office, Mason, $3,000, for the victims' assistance program

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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