Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced the award of $88,264 in grants to Wood County to help victims of crime. The grants are awarded under the Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
"It is important to all Texans that we support programs that protect the public, administer justice, offer hope and healing to victims,” Perry said. “Victims services programs will help our most vulnerable Texas citizens and youth to recover by providing safe places to receive services and shelter.”
The awards include: $19,656 to the Wood County Victim Services Coordinator to provide victim services during a victim’s interaction with the criminal justice system . $68,608 to the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center, Inc., to provide legal services and support for child victims of abuse.
"This grant money will help provide important services to the folks who need help during a difficult time in their lives,” said Rep. Bryan Hughes. “Both the Wood County victim services coordinator and the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center do great work, and I know these funds will be helpful to them and the good people they serve.”
VOCA funds are distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) to victims’ services programs through a collaborative process with local planners to serve victims in Texas. Each year, CJD provides more than $130 million in grants to help Texans at the forefront of the fight against crime.
CJD funds a variety of programs for juvenile justice, crime prevention and victim services grants – all aimed at making Texas a safer place.
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