Programs we support at East TX Crisis Center

Children’s Education Program


We help children cope with the emotional trauma of violence and abuse and adapt positive social interaction skills. Particular emphasis is on the academic performance of school-age children. Early Childhood Education classes prepare younger children for success in kindergarten classroom settings. Additionally, working with parents through specialized parenting classes and engaging in one-on-one intervention encourages healthy interactions and a better quality of life for both parent and child, even after direct services have ended. Pursuing these goals minimizes the risk factors for and prevents abusive relationships later in life, as either victims or perpetrators.

Family Therapy Program


We provide trauma-informed counseling services that promote emotional and mental health while supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence. This approach is sensitive to the individual, family, and child. It works to connect the relationship between traumatic experiences and the individual’s current struggles. Specifically, the trauma that families, particularly children, develop due to their exposure to abuse (physical, emotional/psychological, sexual), neglect, and/or drug use. We work to repair the lasting developmental delays, inability to regulate emotions, and disadvantaged social skills. The program seeks counseling sessions to foster constructive interactions among mothers and children to improve family interaction and communication.

Safety & Self-Sufficiency


We believe in SAFETY FIRST, then SELF-SUFFICIENCY. Our program increases access to support systems and legal services that will improve the safety of families and provide long-term alternatives to their abusive relationships. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks and economic coercion.  Job counseling and financial education classes guide women toward job readiness and improve economic independence and autonomy skills. Economic self-reliance is critical to preventing the return to an abusive relationship.


Mission/Vision: To provide safety, shelter, and education to victims of family violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and other violent crimes and to restore dignity and purpose in their lives while promoting public compassion and awareness to reduce violence in the community.

About: East Texas Crisis Center provides a haven for those affected by family violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and violent crime. From small beginnings as an all-volunteer agency, incorporated in 1978, the East Texas Crisis Center has grown to offer extensive services. Programs emphasize personal safety and care, empowerment to make beneficial choices, respect for self and others, encouragement to work toward change, and building strong and supportive relationships.

For children living at the shelter, we provide After-school programs and activities, full-day summer camp, early childhood education, music, reading, art and science labs, and nursery care for infants.

For residential and non-residential clients, we provide Individual and Family Therapy by licensed professional counselors, risk assessment and safety planning, legal advocacy, support groups, economic education, and life skills classes.

Volunteer: Volunteers make a difference in the programs and services of the East Texas Crisis Center. The East Texas Crisis Center adheres to the highest standards of ethical conduct regarding clients, co-workers, students, and volunteers. We require any volunteers and staff who will directly contact clients to complete a 40+ hour training program. Training is held twice a year and is usually completed over two months.

In-Kind Donations: toiletries, diapers, wipes, children’s books, toys, school supplies, etc. Contact 579-2515



Phone: (903) 509-2526


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Location: P.O. Box 7060, Tyler, TX 75711

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