Monday, April 12, 1999
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the release of the Crime Victims' Institute research project, "The Impact of Crime on Victims: A Baseline Study on Program Service Delivery." The 18 month study is the largest of its kind ever conducted in Texas, and one of the largest in the nation.
"So often attention is focused on the rights of criminals and not the rights of victims. They are often forgotten," said Attorney General Cornyn. " This report will help us better focus on the needs of crime victims and their families in Texas, " he added.
The study summarizes research findings from a survey of more than 1400 law enforcement agencies, prosecutor offices, family violence and sexual assault programs, and probation departments. More than 8500 adult violent crime victims were also surveyed. Regional focus groups at universities were also held to supplement and help interpret survey data.
This report exemplifies the critical mission of the Institute: to provide relevant research and information, program evaluations, and policy recommendations for improving services to Texas crime victims.
The Crime Victims' Institute was created by the 74th Texas Legislature and established in the Office of the Attorney General. The institute is guided by a 17 member advisory council composed of members of the legislature, Gubernatorial appointees, criminal justice professionals, victims/survivors, and service providers.
Contributors to the report include the Texas District and County Attorneys Association,
the University of Texas at Austin, Center for Social Work research, and prosecutors from
46 counties. Members of the Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council also contributed.
The council's chair is Vincent M. Torres. The vice-chair is the Honorable Ted Poe,
District Judge, 228th District Court.
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