Tuesday, March 5, 2002
ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN ANNOUNCES NEW GRANTS TO ASSIST CRIME VICTIMS
Grants Awarded in East Texas
AUSTIN - Local efforts to serve crime victims in East Texas have received more than $960,000
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, including 14 programs in East Texas.
"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 Longview area (and the amount of their grant) include:
- Women's Center of East Texas in Longview ($56,344) - The women's center will
strengthen services to child victims of domestic and sexual violence in a four-county
area. Additional staff, contracted counseling, training, and supplies will assist the
center in meeting this goal.
- Anderson County Criminal District Attorney's Office in Palestine ($23,456) -
This prosecutor-based program will provide training to allied professionals and the
public on crime victim assistance.
- Northeast Texas CASA, Inc. in Texarkana ($64,590) - This project will provide an
on-site counselor for child victims in a children's advocacy center. This service will
provide immediate help for children, eliminate and confusion for families, and
facilitate team meetings.
- Cass County Criminal District Attorney's Office in Linden ($20,380) - This
prosecutor-based victim assistance program is adding a victim services training and
public awareness component with additional equipment and training.
- Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, Inc. in Mt. Pleasant ($81,754) - The
goal of this project is to provide a safe place to get needed services for
Spanish-speaking sexual assault victims. Additional bilingual staff support, training
and supplies will assist in reaching this goal.
- Angelina County Community Supervision and Corrections Department in
Lufkin ($71,168) - Through the efforts of a full-time victim services coordinator, this
probation department will focus on providing crime victims with notification of
offender status, help in filing compensation applications, and the option to participate
in victim impact panels and victim/offender mediation.
- Cherokee County Crisis Center, Inc. in Jacksonville ($44,985) - This crisis center
will enhance services to sexual assault victims with the addition of staff support,
training, equipment and supplies.
- City of White Oak Police Department in White Oak ($14,900) - This law
enforcement agency will expand services to child and sexual assault victims by
implementing a training program for area service providers.
- Kilgore Community Crisis Center in Kilgore ($31,575) - This crisis center will
provide direct services to sexual assault victims with additional counseling staff and
- The Women's Shelter of East Texas, Inc. in Nacogdoches ($146,533) - This
project will provide a continuum of services to sexual assault victims in a nine
county area by adding staff, counselors, equipment, and supplies.
- CASA for Kids of East Texas, Inc. in Tyler ($127,603) - Court appointed special
advocates (CASA) facilitate and expedite needed services and a permanent home for
children placed in foster care because of severe abuse. With additional personnel and
equipment, this project will expand services to ensure that these children receive
- East Texas Crisis Center, Inc. in Tyler ($101,839) - This crisis center, serving a
four-county area, will expand direct services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual
assault, and other violent crimes with the addition of staff and equipment.
- Rusk County Child Advocacy Center, Inc. in Henderson ($142,071) - Children's
advocacy centers are responsible for facilitating a child victim's movement
throughout the social service, medical and legal process. This center will expand
services with additional staff and educational materials.
- Wood County Criminal District Attorney's Office in Quitman ($34,168) - This
prosecutor-based victim assistance program will expand direct services to crime
victims with additional staff, training and supplies.
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 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
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