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Thursday, February 28, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN ANNOUNCES NEW GRANTS TO ASSIST CRIME VICTIMS

Grants Awarded in 84 Counties

AUSTIN - Local efforts to serve crime victims in the Lubbock area have received more than $350,000 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 innocent 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 Lubbock area (and the amount of their grant) include:

  • The Child Advocacy Center of Lubbock County Inc., Lubbock ($135,700) - Comprehensive services in this center will be expanded with additional personnel, equipment and supplies. The center will employ an interviewer, who will to travel to rural areas, limiting further trauma to child victims.
  • Women's Protective Services of Lubbock, Inc., Lubbock ($56,200) - This domestic violence program will establish an in-house legal advocate position to assist victims by support and advocacy through the legal process. The advocate will also coordinate a more effective community response to domestic violence.
  • Lynn County Judge's Office, Tahoka ($66,588) - This program will allow a victim assistance coordinator to provide direct services to crime victims. Training and equipment will also be provided so that staff can educate the community and allied professionals.
  • Hale County Crisis Center, Plainview ($63,351) - This crisis center will enhance services provided to sexual assault victims in a seven county area with the addition of an advocate, counseling services, training, and equipment.
  • 106th Judicial District Attorney's Office, Lamesa ($31,591) - This prosecutor based victim assistance program will implement a public education program on child sexual abuse and expand other direct services with the addition of training, supplies, and equipment.

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 innocent victims of crime.

The Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund helps innocent 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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