The Coryell County Crime Victims’ Office can meet with you one-on-one, or with other members of your family, for crisis and/or short-term counseling to help in the aftermath of a violent crime. Amy Perkins, Crime Victims’ Coordinator, is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern (LPC-I), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and is also certified as a Professional Victim Assistance Coordinator (PVAC) and is available to assist victims in both individual and group counseling sessions.
Sometimes talking about what has happened to you helps in your recovery and transition to life in the wake of your new circumstances. We will also refer you to long-term counseling, if necessary and/or requested, as well as assisting you in completing an application for Crime Victims’ Compensation and requesting counseling benefits on your behalf.
Currently, our office is facilitating a Survivors of Domestic Violence Support Group that meets each week in Gatesville. Please see the support group flyer link below for more information if you are interested in joining this group. Also, our office periodically facilitates a support group for adolescent victims of sexual assault on an as needed basis.
Post-Trial Counseling for Jurors
Recent legislation has structured a program in which the Crime Victims’ Coordinator may offer up to ten hours of post-trial psychological counseling to a juror or alternate juror in a case involving graphic evidence or testimony. It must be provided no more than 180 days after the jury was dismissed in a trial that began on or after September 1, 2007 and involved one of the following offenses: Capital Murder or Murder, Aggravated Sexual Assault and Sexual Assault, Indecency with a Child, Compelling Prostitution, Sexual Performance by a Child, and Employment Harmful to Children. If you have been a juror involving a violent offense listed above and would like to utilize this service, please contact our office to schedule an appointment or for more information.