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Wednesday, March 6, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN ANNOUNCES NEW GRANTS TO ASSIST CRIME VICTIMS

Grants Awarded in North Texas

AUSTIN - Local efforts to serve crime victims in North Texas have received more than $2.4 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 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 North Texas (and the amount of their grant) include:

  • Women's Haven of Tarrant County, Inc. in Fort Worth ($200,000) - Victim advocacy project;
  • Alliance for Children, Inc. in Forth Worth ($55,053) - Child victim services project;
  • Tarrant County District Attorney's Office in Fort Worth ($91,591) - Billingual victim assistance coordinator;
  • The Women's Center of Tarrant County, Inc. in Fort Worth ($162,594) - Crisis response and management project;
  • Johnson County Family Crisis Center in Cleburne ($24,390) - Sexual assault prevention and education program;
  • Comanche County Sheriff's Office in Gainesville ($50,300) - Emergency victims assistance;
  • Cooke County Friends of the Family, Inc. in Gainesville ($33,197) - Victim assistance program;
  • City of Arlington Police Department in Arlington ($63,066) - Victim assistance program;
  • City of Euless Police Department in Euless ($76,864) - Combined crime victim liaison project;
  • The Women's Shelter, Inc. in Arlington ($60,150) - Safe girls project;
  • Freedom House in Weatherford ($91,563) - Program to stop sexual violence;
  • Sherwood & Myrtie Foster's Home for Children in Stephenville ($36,563) - Cross Timbers Family Services victim services program;
  • Mission Granbury, Inc. in Granbury ($80,845) - Victim advocacy project;
  • Hood County Community Supervision and Corrections Department in Granbury ($73,700) - Victim services program;
  • Family Haven Crisis and Resource Center, Inc. in Paris ($66,241) - Rural crime victims counseling program;
  • Lamar County Attorney's Office in Paris ($65,913) - Victims services programs;
  • CASA of Collin County, Inc. in McKinney ($57,405) - Advocacy program;
  • Collin County Child Advocacy Center in Plano ($127,159) - Clinical department and community education program;
  • Family Services of Plano in Plano ($163,484) - Victims assistance program;
  • Rape Crisis Center of Collin County in Plano ($70,865) - "Regaining Power: A Sexual Assault Program";
  • City of Irving Police Department in Irving ($138,839) - Victim services coordinator;
  • Dallas County Community Supervision and Corrections Department in Dallas ($57,841) - Victim services project;
  • Neighborhood Youth & Family Counseling of Richardson, Inc. in Richardson ($80,290) - Victims assistance outreach project;
  • Victims Outreach in Dallas ($66,453) - Victims services;
  • Denton County Criminal District Attorney in Denton ($20,539) - Child victim intervention specialist intern;
  • Denton County Friends of the Family, Inc. in Denton ($55,223) - Direct victim services;
  • Fannin County Family Crisis Center in Bonham ($140,200) - Rural services and outreach;
  • Hunt County Rape Crisis Center, Inc. in Greenville ($88,170) - Sexual assault program;
  • Grayson County Women's Crisis Line, Inc. in Sherman ($138,471) - Sexual assault services;

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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