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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 training.
  • 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 necessary services.
  • 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 $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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