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Tarleton Counseling Services Renews Victims Assistance Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Tarleton Counseling Center has received the second continuation since 2017 of the Victims Assistance Grant — $221,520 for resources for students who have experienced violence.

The grant, awarded by the Governor’s Office through the federal Campus Victim Assistance Program, provides campus-specific victim aid. The grant provides salaries for a full-time advocate and three full-time counselors trained to assist survivors of physical and sexual abuse, intimate partner abuse, domestic violence, stalking and harassment, and to work with students who come to Tarleton from the foster care system. The grant also provides prevention training for students, staff and Tarleton police officers.

According to Caris Thetford, Assistant Director of the Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Program, many students are affected by violence at some point in their lives, whether before they get to campus or after. “The Victim Assistance Grant allows counseling services to serve them in the most successful way possible by providing advocacy as well as travel and assistance with exams.”

“With this grant, we have provided direct advocacy support for at least 115 students in the past year,” said Dr. Brenda Faulkner, Director of Student Counseling. “The reason we wrote the grant was because we were seeing the number of reports rise between 2013 and 2016 and we wanted to provide support and advocacy for those survivors.”

For more information, contact Dr. Faulkner at 254-968-9044 or email studentcounselingservices@tarleton.edu.

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 14,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.

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Contact: Caitlyn Oxford
254-968-9062
cjoxford@tarleton.edu

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