Tuesday, October 4, 2005

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Attorney General Abbott Awards $29 Million To Texas Crime Victim Services Organizations

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today awarded $29 million to 326 nonprofit and community groups across Texas that aid victims of crime.

“This money is critical to help children who have been abused, women who have been assaulted, and other victims of violent crime get the medical attention, grief counseling, legal services and other assistance they need to put their lives back together,” said Attorney General Abbott. “While there is nothing we can do to fully erase the pain violent crime inflicts, I am pleased my office is able to provide these grants to crime victim services groups across Texas that are helping people rebuild their lives.”

Attorney General Abbott was joined by Gena VanOsselaer, executive director of the Austin Children’s Shelter, a safe haven where abused children can stay until more permanent homes are found for them. The Shelter received a $50,000 grant to fund a clinical specialist who will serve as a front-line responder helping children deal with crises and emotional issues.

“The grant we received from the Texas Attorney General’s office allows us to not only provide shelter for the youngest victims of crime in Texas, but also to lay a foundation of hope and rebuild lives,” VanOsselaer said . “This funding is critical if we truly are to make a life-changing impact for these children. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Attorney General’s office to provide valuable services to victims of crime and strengthen our communities.”

The grants were made through the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Division following a formal application and review process and will be utilized for services such as grief counseling, shelters for battered women, and to advocate for victims of child or senior abuse. The grant funding was approved by the 2005 Legislature and is provided through the state Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund, which is managed by the Office of the Attorney General.

In addition to the crime victim assistance grants, last year the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Division provided more than $85 million from the Fund directly to help victims pay for medical and emergency out-of-pocket expenses and other costs associated with the crimes committed against them. More information about the Crime Victim Services Division is available by calling (800) 252-8011 or by visiting the Attorney General’s Web site: www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.