The East Texas Crisis Center provides services to survivors and their family/friends. Services available to those affected by sexual assault include hospital accompaniment, individual counseling, therapy groups, protective orders, and more.
Sexual Assault Advocacy & Support Groups:
Groups for women survivors of sexual assault are held on the following days/times:
Tuesdays, 10AM-11AM and Thursdays, 6PM-7PM
The support group for family/friends of survivors is held once a month – please contact ETCC for more information regarding dates/times. A brief screening is needed before joining a group.
Advocacy / Legal Advocacy:
· Accompaniment to hospitals, law enforcement offices, prosecutor’s office and courts is provided
· Family Protective Orders
· Screening and processing legal documents in cooperation with the justice system
· Crime Victims Services
· Assistance in filing victims’ compensation forms
Video Advocacy Session :
You can access this service if you are already an established client! This session will be a pre-scheduled meeting.
Violence Intervention Network Programs include:
· Men’s Education Network: For men working to end violence in their relationships
· Women’s Intervention Network: For women who batter their intimate partners
· Alternatives to Violence: For persons who assault non-family members
· Provides emergency safety for victims of family violence and sexual assault.
· Developing a safety plan and setting goals for their future
· Provides counseling to begin the healing process and decide about returning home safely or establishing independent living arrangements.
Children’s Prevention and Education Programs (Shelter Residents Only):
The Crisis Center Children’s Prevention and Education Program fosters a sense of purpose and belonging for residents, pre-school and school-age children, offering stability, consistency, and anti-victimization skills training daily. More on Children's Prevention Programs.
Economic Education Classes:
The number one reason anyone returns to their abuser is the fact that they do not have relevant job skills or training to earn adequate income to support themselves and their children. Once safe from harm clients can get their emotional bearings and begin to consider the obstacles and challenges that lie ahead for them to work toward independent living.
The Economic Education Class addresses the financial challenges of achieving self-sufficiency faced by our clients. It is designed to help clients improve their financial condition by broadening their skills through job training. The curriculum used for the classes was written specifically for victims of family violence and is provided to our agency by the Allstate Foundation.
· Weekly classes include:
o Learn to build a budget
o Manage their money
o Prepare for job interviews
o Secure a better paying job
Public Education and Primary Prevention Programs:
The Speakers’ Bureau is offered as a community service at no charge to inform religious and civic organizations and clubs, educational institutions and businesses about victimization.
In-services, seminars and workshops are conducted with law enforcement, medical services, educators and community agencies to assist them in working with victims.
The East Texas Crisis Center also provides primary prevention education to train and initiate change in the mindset of young males to break the cycle of sexism and violence against women. This prevention education is conducted at schools, youth clubs and colleges.