Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, April 25, 2002


AUSTIN - Programs to serve crime victims in Central Texas and statewide have received more than $6.7 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.

"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."

Across Texas, 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 Austin (and the amount of their grant) include:

  • Austin Child Guidance Center ($200,000)
  • Austin Children's Shelter ($200,000)
  • Deaf Abused Women & Children Advocacy Services (DAWCAS) ($200,000)
  • Family Eldercare, Inc. ($89,041)
  • For the Love of Christi ($127,000)
  • Legal Aid of Central Texas ($88,220)
  • SafePlace ($182,753)
  • Travis County Sheriff's Office ($200,000)
  • Travis County Child Advocacy Center ($79,338)
  • Women's Advocacy Project ($187,290)

Grant recipients in the Austin-area (and the amount of their grant) include:

  • Bastrop County Women's Shelter - d/b/a Family Crisis Center in Bastrop ($124,500)
  • 33rd Judicial District in Burnet ($50,979)
  • Hill Country Child Advocacy Center in Burnet ($51,976)
  • Arte Sana in Dripping Springs ($90,185)
  • Hays-Caldwell Women's Center in San Marcos ($70,347)
  • Williamson County Sheriff's Office in Georgetown ($14,250)
  • Williamson County Crisis Center in Round Rock ($81,742)

Statewide grant recipients (and the amount of their grant) include:

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) ($350,000)
  • People Against Violent Crime (PAVC) ($39,718)
  • Texas Department of Public Safety ($319,247)
  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) ($2,000,000)
  • Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) ($2,000,000)

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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