Victims’ Assistance Program

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Victims enter the legal system unwillingly and usually unprepared, having  little to no idea of what to expect. Victims describe the  experience as “being a member of a club you never wanted to join.” Victims and their loved ones can receive an overwhelming amount of information, and the system can be confusing, intimidating and frustrating. A good victims’ assistance program can make a huge difference for victims because you have someone to walk you through the process from the  beginning to the end and beyond. If you have been a victim of crime or endured a traumatic event, please know you are not alone and allow us to lend a hand.

How The Counseling Place’s Victims’ Assistance Program Began:

Our program started when the Victims’ Rights Movement gained momentum, and the City of Richardson and The Richardson Police Department decided to go beyond meeting the mere letter of the law. Placing a high value on victims’ needs, we established a contract to provide a wide range of victims services to people referred by the Richardson Police Department. They went even further to define “victim” broadly to include victims of other tragedies, not only violent crime, that require law enforcement intervention.  If the Richardson Police Department has responded to your call for help, you will probably qualify for free services under our Victims’ Assistance Program.

Where the Program is Today:

family-1435530We’ve grown! While the City of Richardson remains our biggest client, we now work out of a larger facility, so we can accommodate more counselors and clients. Thanks to state and federal grant funding, we can offer victim services to individuals and families in our neighboring communities. Victims of crime in cities such as Garland, Plano, Sachse, Murphy and Dallas might also receive professional therapy for no charge. We also have a therapist who speaks Spanish and can help children as young as four years of age.

People who qualify for our Victims’ Assistance Program receive the following services for free:

  • Professional Counseling
  • Education about the Criminal Justice System and Victim Rights
  • Assistance with understanding and applying for Crime Victim Compensation
  • Assistance with finding and accessing additional social service agencies

How To Get Services:

Marilyn Walsh is our Victims’ Assistance Program Director, and you can contact her to discuss our program services. Her direct line is 469-283- 0245.

Currently, our technology is not quite up to speed. AT&T has scheduled an upgrade, but it’s taking longer than expected. In the meantime, when you call, you might get a recorded greeting. Please leave us a message. We will return your call! 

Did You Know?

  • Victims of Violent Crime have rights in Texas: Victims’ Rights,
  • Victims of violent crime may also qualify for some assistance through the Crime Victim Compensation program. (This is not a welfare program. The program is funded by convicted offenders.)

What are Clients Say about Our Services:

I lived life believing that my place was to endure abuse, and there was  plenty of it. The police directed me to The Counseling Place, where the  real help began. My counselor helps me with clearing my head and healing my heart. I am becoming whole, day by day, for my child and me. Being  more than my history is liberating! — Survivor of Sexual Abuse and Family Violence

I still remember the day I walked into Marilyn’s office very scared  and confused, asking myself what to do and where to go, but she and her  team were so good, so professional that step by step they brought back  my confidence and smile on my face. Thank you so much for bringing  me back to myself and making me strong enough to handle situations and  take care of my two children, and most important for making me feel  safe. — Farah, Survivor of Family Violence

This place saved my life. — Michelle, Survivor of Family Violence Sexual Assault

Helpful Links:

Click Here for Additional Information about Safety Planning

Click Here for Information about Safely Collecting Child Support

Click Here for Helpful information about children and responses to traumatic events

 

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