AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the new Crime Victim Services Division at the Attorney General's office. The new division will include the existing Crime Victims' Compensation, Crime Victims' Institute and Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services.
"Each of these programs--Crime Victims' Compensation, Crime Victims' Institute and Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services--provides important assistance to victims of crime," said Attorney General Cornyn. "This change will help enhance our efforts to serve crime victims."
Attorney General Cornyn appointed Dr. Brian Ogawa as the Director of the new division. Dr. Ogawa has been the director of the Crime Victims' Institute since 1997 and has more than 30 years experience in program management, victim services, counseling, university teaching and research. He was formerly Director of the National Academy for Victim Studies, Department of Criminal Justice, University of North Texas. Dr. Ogawa is a nationally known author, consultant, and speaker on crime victim issues and is a 1995 recipient of the prestigious National Crime Victim Service Award.
Also, a new administrator has been named for Crime Victims' Compensation, Herman Milholland. He was formerly the Director of the Los Angeles County District Attorneys' Victim Assistance Division and oversaw regional victims assistance offices throughout Los Angeles. These offices handled almost one-third of all the compensation claims filed in California, bringing more than $20 million in assistance to victims.
Crime Victims' Compensation, created by the Texas Legislature in 1979, provides financial assistance to victims of violent crime and their families. In 1999, more than $37 million was paid to help victims with expenses related to violent crime, such as medical and counseling bills, lost wages, funerals and burials.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services Program administers grants to support sexual assault programs. The staff provides technical assistance on program development on a wide variety of topics including counseling and the coordination of medical, law enforcement, and criminal justice procedures. The section also assists in the development, implementation and certification of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program.
The Crime Victims' Institute was created in 1995 by the Texas Legislature. The institute conducts research to help determine the impact of crime on victims, survivors, and communities and makes recommendations on how to improve victim service delivery.
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