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Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Victim Services Division

7800 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 230S

Austin, Texas 78757-1032

Phone: 1-800-848-4284

Fax: 512-452-0825

E-mail: victim.svc@tdcj.state.tx.us

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 13401-3401

Austin, Texas 78711

http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/victim/victim-home.htm 

The mission of Victim Services Division is to provide a central mechanism for victims and the public to participate in the Criminal Justice System.

The Victim Services Division will strive to reduce victimization through education within an environment of integrity, fairness, compassion, dignity and respect. 

Services Provided

The Clearinghouse serves as a central source of information about services and issues involving crime victims in Texas. Through its toll-free number (1-800-848-4284), the Clearinghouse helps connect victims with community and state resources throughout the state. 

It is not uncommon for states to have victim offender mediation programs for nonviolent offenses and for the most part, designed to determine the amount of restitution owed. The uniqueness of TDCJ's program is that it is for victims of violent crime. Victims must request the opportunity to have this structured face-to-face meeting with "their" offender. The offender must admit guilt prior to the meeting, and actual mediation is not part of the parole file. Therefore, it is assured that offenders are not participating in order to enhance their chances for parole approval. Through VOM/D, the victim is able to receive answers to unanswered questions, which help in their healing and recovery process. It also gives offenders, in the truest sense, an opportunity to become responsible and accountable for their own behavior. 

The division is responsible for a 38-point written victim notification system to keep victims informed of an offender's status after conviction and sentencing to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 

Automated toll-free number is available to victims to obtain status information 24 hours a day. If requested, the automated phone system can call a victim to notify them when an offender is being processed for release. 

Historically, victims have been excluded from the criminal justice process, which only served to compound their confusion, frustration, pain, and anger. Speaking on a victim impact panel provides victims with an appropriate forum in which to express their feelings and talk about their victimization. 

Many victims and the general public have differing and, often, erroneous perceptions about what the conditions are in Texas prisons. Many believe offenders are living a life of luxury and are not suffering nearly as much as they should. For this reason, we conduct prison tours for victims, their families, and criminal justice staff. 

In late 1995, victim advocates and survivors met in Austin, Texas with several members of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, the nine member oversight board for the agency. Their aim was to petition the Board to allow a capital murder victim’s family the opportunity to view the execution of the offender. Many survivors at the meeting testified that viewing the execution would contribute to their healing process. 

No victim services program should assume it has all the answers. It is important to have input from victims and other victim service providers when deciding what victim services are needed. The TDCJ Victim Advisory Council consists of approximately thirty representatives from victim advocate groups, state agencies, and local victim service providers. 

The Training and Education Section of the TDCJ-Victim Services Division is currently developing the schedule for the Victim Assistance 2001 -Tools of the Trade tour. 

 

Texas Office of the Attorney General

 

The Crime Victim Services Division

PO Box 12548

Austin, TX 78711-2548

(800) 252-8011 or (512) 463-2007 (in Austin)

crimevictims@oag.state.tx.us 

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/victims.htm

"Assisting Victims of Violent Crime"

The Crime Victim Services Divisions' goal is to provide crime victims in Texas the best possible assistance from the Office of the Attorney General. A respect for crime victims underlies our guiding principles to offer our services in a compassionate, efficient, and fair manner to all regions and citizens of our state.

The Division's four programs are united in the goal of serving victims of crime and those who assist them.

 

Crime Victim's Compensation Division

PO Box 12198 

Austin, TX 78711-2548

1 (800) 983-9933 or (512) 936-1200 (in Austin) 

Fax:  1 (512) 320-8270 

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/cvc.htm

Crime doesn't pay, but in Texas, criminals do. Texas courts collect court costs from convicted offenders for the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund. If you are a victim of violent crime, you may be eligible for benefits.

Coming of Age Crime Victims' Compensation Program Annual Report 2000

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/AG_Publications/pdfs/2000cvc_annual.pdf

 

Crime Victims' Institute-004

P.O. Box 12548

300 W. 15th Street

William Clements Building

Austin, Texas 78711-2548

Phone: (512) 936-1655

Fax: (512) 708-8799

E-mail: cvi@oag.state.tx.us

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/cvi.htm#address    

The purpose of the Crime Victims' Institute is to provide the State of Texas with relevant research and information, program evaluations, and policy recommendations for improving services to crime victims in Texas.

 

Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services Program

PO Box 12548

Austin, TX 78711-2548

Phone: (512) 936-1270

Fax: (512) 936-1650

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/sapcs.htm

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services Program provides funding and technical assistance to sexual assault programs and some special projects throughout the state.

 

Training and Victim Assistance Program

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/victim_train.htm 

The purpose of the Training and Victim Assistance Program is to promote a high standard of services to victims by supporting the state's victim service providers through training and by providing direct victim services on cases being handled by the Office of the Attorney General.

 

Harris County and The City of Houston

 

Harris County Community Supervision & Corrections Department

49 San Jacinto

Houston, Texas 77002 

Victim Services

Phone: 713-755-2126

http://www.co.harris.tx.us/subscriber/victim/cscdinfo.htm

The Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department is committed to providing quality services to the courts, victims of crime and the community through effective supervision of offenders by a knowledgeable, dedicated, professional staff who have respect for the dignity of individuals and believe in their capacity for change.

 

Harris County District Attorney's Office

1201 Franklin, 6th Fl. 

Houston, TX 77002-1923

 

Victim Witness Program

Phone: 713-755-6655

http://www.co.harris.tx.us/jimsweb/victim/dainfo.htm

 

Crime Victim Information

http://www.co.harris.tx.us/subscriber/victim/default.htm

This site is intended to provide information to victims of crime regarding their rights, available resources and services.

 

Offense Inquiry

http://www.co.harris.tx.us/subscriber/victim/victim_entry.htm

You can inquire by either Case Number or Law Enforcement Agency Offense Number.

(Law Enforcement Agency Case #)  or (Harris County Case #)

Is defendant currently in Harris County jail? 

If defendant is in jail, when will he/she be released from Harris County jail? 

Information on case such as next setting date/time and Offense Inquiry system disposition.

 

City of Houston

900 Bagby

Houston, Texas 77002

Phone: 713-247-1000

http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/services.htm

Mayor's Crime Victims' Assistance Office

Phone: 713-247-1410

 

Houston Police Department

1200 Travis Street

Houston, TX 77002

Phone: (713) 247-1000

http://www.ci.houston.tx.us/departme/police/resources_for_victims.htm

Victims' Services 

Phone: 713-535-7900 

 


LOCAL NGO’s RESOURCES 

 
The Family Violence Center
15555 Kuykendahl
Houston, TX 77090
BUSINESS PHONE: 281/885-4673
HOTLINE NUMBER: 1-888-750-4673
http://www.uwtgc.org/irisweb/ap11q2wi.htm 
Offers free peer and group counseling, advocacy and emotional support to those suffering from abuse. Staff therapists are available to both children and adults without restrictions. The FVC also provides a 24-hour hotline, court accompaniment, and counseling for batterers through PIVOT. Shelter is provided through host homes. Northwest Assistance Ministries 


Neighbors Who Care® (NWC)
PO Box 741961
Houston, TX 77274
BUSINESS PHONE: 713-772-3611
http://www.neighborswhocare.org/ 
Neighbors Who Care is a nonprofit victims-assistance organization that has now taken up the challenge of a national call to churches to follow the model of the Good Samaritan. NWC seeks to exhort, equip and organize local churches to reach out to crime victims with practical assistance and caring support.


Parents of Murdered Children 
713-290-8940 

Houston Heights Chapter of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. 
281.227.1366 
http://www.pomc.com/heights/ 
POMC® provides the ongoing emotional support needed to help parents and other survivors facilitate the reconstruction of a "new life" and to promote a healthy resolution. Not only does POMC help survivors deal with their acute grief, but with the criminal justice system as well. 


Justice For All 
713-935-9300 
http://www.jfa.net/ 
JUSTICE FOR ALL shall act as an advocate for change in a criminal justice system that is inadequate in protecting the lives and property of law abiding citizens. 


 
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse 
713-224-9911 
http://www.avda-tx.org 
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse is a private non-profit organization that has been serving the Houston area since 1980. The agency provides a unique blend of services, including advocacy, legal representation, battering intervention and community education and outreach.
 

Bay Area Women's Center 
281-422-2292 
Bay Area Women's Center - provides temporary emergency shelter to survivors of family violence and sexual assault, 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, advocacy and accompaniment, sexual assault response team, community education and professional training. 

The Bridge Over Troubled Water 
713-473-2801 
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.- serves family/sexual violence victims. Aids women and children in crisis 24 hours a day. Offers emergency shelter, victim advocacy, court/hospital accompaniment, support groups, transitional housing program, education and information to victims

Familytime Foundation, Inc - 
281-446-2615
http://www.mcuw.org/html/5g13acrx.htm 
Familytime provides assistance with electric bills for elderly and the disabled, Rape crisis intervention, Twenty-four hour help line, free victim counseling and legal advocacy, shelter for battered women and their children.


Hotlines:


Compassionate Friends Hotline 

713-86-CHILD 
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/ 
Grief support after the death of a child. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. 


Domestic Violence Hotline 
713-528-2121 

Rape Crisis Hotline 
713-528-RAPE

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