46.8 F
Fort Worth
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Culture Women's Center of Tarrant County awarded $9,600 grant for Legal Services

Women’s Center of Tarrant County awarded $9,600 grant for Legal Services

Other News

Tarrant County DA’s office changing how it handles misdemeanor marijuna cases

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is changing how it handles misdemeanor marijuana cases. The Tarrant County  Criminal District Attorney’s Office on Monday, Nov....

Arlington selects new police chief from Baltimore department

Col. Al Jones, a 25-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department, has been appointed the new police chief of the the City of...

Family of Black woman shot through window sues Texas officer

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Family members of a Black woman who was killed when a white police officer fired through a window of...

Law firm offers free estate plans for health care workers during pandemic

Fort Worth attorney Erik Martin says he felt compelled to find a way for his law firm to join the effort to support frontline...

A Fort Worth nonprofit organization received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to support victims of sexual and other violent crimes.

The Women’s Center of Tarrant County was awarded a $9,600 grant, which will fund its Legal Services program.

“For many individuals having the necessary $400 to pay Legal Fees in a timely manner is a significant financial burden,” center’s President and CEO Laura Hilgart said. “This can be especially true for those seeking a divorce as perpetrators of violence against spouses and children very often also commit financial “abuse” as a means to control and dominate their victims.”

The center said a majority of their clients who seek legal assistance are “working poor” or earn enough to disqualify them for local legal indigent fee waiver programs. In either case, the clients are unable to pay for private representation to continue their case, the center said.

“Funding from The Texas Bar Foundation will allow these victims to escape abusive relationships, address trauma, find “safety” and participate in the criminal justice system to convict perpetrators,” Hilgart added.

The center has served more than 155,000 women, men and children over the years. The center launched its Legal Services program in 2015.

The center also runs a comprehensive Rape Crisis and Victim Services program, while providing violence prevention education, employment solutions and general counseling.

The Texas Bar Foundation awarded $1.3 million in grants to 89 organizations last year. The grant to Women’s Center of Tarrant County is part of a $1.3 million total grant amount the foundation plans to award again this year.


Oh hi there 👋
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest News

Susan Nix: Longtime businesswoman, TCU champion dies

Susan Appleby Nix  Longtime Fort Worth business and civic leader and TCU champion Susan Appleby Nix died Thursday, Nov. 26 from complications of COVID-19.Nix, 72,...

JRB Fort Worth chosen for main operating base for C-130J aircraft

Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth has been selected as a main operating base for eight C-130J aircraft at the 136th Airlift...

Sundance Square Christmas tree brightens up Downtown Fort Worth

 The installation of the 2020 Fort Worth Christmas Tree at Sundance Square is now complete. Due to the pandemic and out of an abundance...

The rise and fall of Tab – after surviving the sweetener scares, the iconic diet soda gets canned

Tab, the Coca-Cola company’s original diet soda brand, is headed to the soda graveyard, joining retired brands such as Like, Leed and Limette. Coca-Cola has...

Classic holiday tunes get animated

The holiday stars are gone, but still animated to tune. This holiday season, musical legends Bing Crosby, Chuck Berry, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra are returning in animated form with...