Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, March 6, 2002


Grants Awarded in West Texas

AUSTIN - Local efforts to serve crime victims in West Texas have received more than $581,000 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 West Texas (and the amount of their grant) include:

  • Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center in Midland ($139,974) - This center will provide additional services to both child and adult victims of sexual violence with the addition of staff, training and other funding.
  • Midland County District Attorney's Office in Midland ($3,400) - This prosecutor-based victim assistance program will improve the efficiency of direct services to victims of domestic violence with additional supplies and equipment.
  • City of Midland Police Department in Midland ($67,171) - This law enforcement agency will add a victim assistance liaison to provide direct services to crime victims. Training and equipment will assist service delivery.
  • Odessa Rape Crisis Center in Odessa ($200,000) - Originally serving victims of sexual assault, this program is expanding services to include all victims of violence by adding staff, training and equipment.
  • Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend, Inc. in Alpine ($90,969) - This crisis center will increase services to sexual assault victims with counseling, staff support and communication, and equipment.
  • Presidio County Attorney's Office in Marfa ($80,450) - This prosecutor based program will offer direct contact with crime victims with the addition of staff, training and equipment.

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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