Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Tuesday, February 26, 2002


$14 Million Awarded in 84 Counties

AUSTIN - Local efforts to serve crime victims in the Houston area have received more than $1.6 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 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 Houston area (and the amount of their grant) include:

  • Houston Area Women's Center ($200,000) - Assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, this center is expanding staff to reach minority victims of violence and people with mental and physical disabilities. Additional staff will provide training to allied professionals to prevent possible revictimization. Direct services include crisis counseling and group support, in-person information and referral, legal advocacy, and emergency financial assistance.
  • City of Houston, Mayor's Office of Public Safety ($106,971) - The mayor's office will expand services to victims by implementing an Hispanic Victims Outreach Project. Additional staff, training, and equipment will increase the number of victims served and heighten public awareness.
  • Montrose Counseling Center in Houston ($69,604) - This center will enhance direct services to survivors of sexual assault by providing training and additional support for staff.
  • The Cameron Project in Houston ($176,489) - This agency will implement a victim assistance program to increase the awareness and delivery of crime victim services and provide information to the elderly and disabled.
  • City of Pearland ($105,180) - The city will implement a comprehensive victim assistance program with a full-time victim liaison officer, training, and equipment.
  • Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office ($15,801) - Services in this law enforcement based victim assistance program will expand with the addition of an emergency assistance fund, training for the liaison, and equipment.
  • Fort Bend County Child Advocates, Inc. ($45,768) - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) facilitate and expedite needed services and a permanent home for children placed in foster care because of severe abuse. This project provides support, equipment, and training to CASA staff and volunteers.
  • Fort Bend County Women's Center, Inc. ($136,945) - This center will enhance services to survivors of sexual assault with the addition of staff and supplies.
  • Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County (CAC) ($66,440) - This children's advocacy center will seek to reduce the impact of child abuse by providing a trained interviewer in a child-friendly environment. Information, referral, and follow-up will also be provided to the child and family.
  • Women's Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County, Inc. ($34,709) - This women's resource and crisis center will increase the number of volunteers providing direct service to sexual assault victims.
  • Bay Area Turning Point, Inc. in Webster ($46,150) - This center will provide crisis intervention and continued services to sexual assault victims with additional staff, training, and supplies.
  • Bay Area Women's Center in Baytown ($69,459) - This women's crisis center will provide more support groups and counseling sessions, and programs to better serve victims of sexual assault.
  • City of Humble Police Department ($4,600) - This law enforcement based victim liaison will provide crime victims with emergency funds for those necessities not covered by the crime victims compensation fund.
  • City of Jacinto City Police Department ($23,206) - A victim assistance officer in this police department will provide follow-up and assistance to crime victims. Training, equipment, and supplies, will further the project goals by providing public awareness and education.
  • City of LaPorte Police Department ($66,666) - This law enforcement agency will implement a comprehensive victim assistance program with a full-time victim liaison officer, training, and equipment.
  • Family Time Foundation, Inc. in Humble ($105,029) - This agency will increase services to sexual assault victims with additional staff support, training, supplies, and equipment.
  • The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc. in Pasadena ($99,015) - This project will expand existing services for sexual assault victims with the addition of a caseworker and bilingual education advocate.
  • Matagorda County Women's Crisis Center, Inc. in Baytown ($34,446) - This women's center will provide enhanced services to victims of sexual assault with additional staff support, training, and supplies.
  • Montgomery County Women's Center in The Woodlands ($165,979) - This center will expand services to sexual assault survivors with the addition of an Hispanic Outreach Specialist, an Adults Molested as Children (AMAC) Counselor, and an education specialist.
  • San Jacinto County, Criminal District Attorney's Office, in Coldspring ($94,678) - Provides for a prosecutor-based, victim assistance coordinator and equipment to offer information and referral to crime victims. The project will also develop a volunteer program to further these goals.

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 victims of crime.

The Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Fund helps 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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