Wednesday, May 19, 1999
AUSTIN - Staff from the Office of Texas Attorney General John Cornyn will be in Galveston, May 20 -21, as part of a thirteen city regional training on victim assistance. "Building Victim Services Together 1999" is designed to improve the delivery of victim services at the local level by bringing together people who assist victims on a regular basis. The event is being hosted locally by Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Michael J. Guarino.
"Providing effective victim assistance is all about partnerships," said General Cornyn. "I am proud to work with Criminal District Attorney Michael Guarino to make this training available to people who assist victims in this fifteen county area."
The courses offered are designed for all criminal justice professionals, victim service providers, advocacy groups, health care providers and community organizations. The two-day program will address such issues as victim rights and Crime Victims' Compensation, a program that provides financial assistance to victims of crime. Sessions on Friday morning provide technical assistance on how to establish victim service programs in law enforcement, a prosecutor's office and juvenile justice settings. Training is also offered on sexual assault issues such as sex offender notification and registration. The seminar concludes Friday with a dynamic interactive exercise that gives participants an opportunity to design a model victim services program.
Instructors for the training include staff from the Crime Victims' Compensation Division and Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services Division of the Office of the Attorney General, Texas Juvenile Probation Commission, Criminal District Attorney's Office, and the Galveston County Sheriff's Department.
The regional tour is co-sponsored by the Crime Victims' Compensation Division in the Office of the Attorney General and the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. The tour is expected to reach more than 1,000 victim service practitioners and volunteers by the time it concludes this fall.
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