Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, February 28, 2002


Grants Awarded in 84 Counties

AUSTIN - Local efforts to serve crime victims in the Amarillo area have received more than $580,000 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 the Amarillo area (and the amount of their grant) include:

  • The Bridge Child Advocacy Center, Amarillo ($43,934) - This children's advocacy center offers a multidisciplinary solution to child abuse. A victim service specialist position will serve as the primary liaison for direct services to children and their families.
  • Panhandle Assessment Center, Amarillo ($59,680) - This emergency shelter for children placed in foster care will offer counseling and treatment to abused children.
  • Family Support Services, Amarillo ($100,846) - This family support center will add two sexual assault educators to present prevention and awareness training to students of all ages, law enforcement, and health providers.
  • Panhandle Crisis Center, Inc., Perryton ($28,867) - This center will provide additional services to both child and adult victims of sexual violence with the addition of staff and training.
  • Safe Place, Inc., Dumas ($25,514) - This program serving rural areas will enhance services to victims of sexual assault with contracted counseling services, support staff, and an improved communication system.
  • 31st Judicial District Attorney's Office, Pampa ($94,700) - This project will fund a crime victim assistance coordinator position in the district attorney's office to serve a five county area. In addition to direct services, the coordinator will receive training and provide public education.
  • Hereford Regional Medical Center, Hereford ($26,883) - This crisis center will enhance services to sexual assault victims by staff support, training and supplies.
  • Deaf Smith County Criminal District Attorney's Office, Hereford ($62,277) - This prosecutor-based victim assistance program will expand direct services to crime victims with additional training, equipment and supplies.
  • Hutchinson County Crisis Center, Inc., Borger ($39,651) - This crisis center will provide comprehensive advocacy for sexual assault victims with staff support, training and equipment.
  • Randall County Criminal District Attorney's Office, Canyon ($55,092) - This prosecutor-based program will provide a full-time victim assistance coordinator to provide direct services to crime victims.
  • Roberts County Attorney, Miami ($47,808) - This county attorney's office will implement a crime victim assistance program to provide direct services, including emergency funds and public education.

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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