Governor Rick Perry Monday announced the award of $26.7 million to help crime victims. The grants are awarded under the federal Victims of Crime Act fund (VOCA), which supports programs that address family violence, child abuse and sexual assault, and provide support services to help victims recover from the effects of crime through counseling, advocacy and intervention.
"These funds will support programs that protect victims, administer justice, and provide a safer living environment for all residents of Texas, particularly our most vulnerable citizens and Texas youth," Perry said.
Programs receiving VOCA funds provide services to crime victims in an effort to restore their mental and physical health. For example, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs throughout Texas will receive $4.4 million to support efforts to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will receive $1.6 million to provide services to victims of drunk driving across the state, including referrals to support groups, legal advocacy, accompanying victims to the hospital or to court, and providing assistance with crime victims' compensation applications.
The grants are administered by the Governor's Criminal Justice Division (CJD). Each year, the Office of the Governor awards more than $113 million in grants for a variety of juvenile justice, criminal justice and victim services programs.