Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224. Please visit the Attorney General’s page for safety planning: Domestic Violence Safety Planning.
Victims enter the legal system unwillingly and usually unprepared, having little idea of what to expect. A good victims’ assistance program can make a huge difference by providing someone to walk you through the process from the beginning to the end. 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.
For Victims in Richardson:
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. Some of the services include the following:
- 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
Services for Individuals Outside Richardson:
We’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.
We also collaborate with other agencies such as Emily’s Place. Emily’s Place provides long-term transitional living for survivors of domestic violence. The Counseling Place team members provide the therapy and case management services for the residents of Emily’s Place, allowing their own staff to focus on managing the operations of the home as well as providing safety, structure, and among many other things: love.
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.
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
For the first time in my six-month long divorce process, I’m actually starting to feel hopeful for the future. I’m feeling free and as if I can start to rewrite the story of the rest of my life. The client said information she learned at The Counseling Place about her rights as a victim helped her understand the criminal justice system. The counseling has helped me feel more confident and assertive when I must go to court and, once again, face the man who hurt me. — Anonymous Survivor of 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