Advocacy, Direct Client Services & Support Groups


Family or Domestic Violence

H.E.A.R.T. (Help End Abusive Relationship Tendencies)
A confidential support group for battered and formerly victims.

Sexual Assault Advocacy & Support Groups

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. Estimates are that one in three women and one in seven men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime... and usually, the offender is someone known to the victim. Sexual assault is any sexual contact or intimacy performed upon one person by another without mutual consent, or with the inability of the survivor to give consent due to age or mental or physical incapacity.

In Texas, two in five women and one in five men will be sexually assaulted within their lifetime.  In a majority of cases, the offender is someone known to the survivor.  Sexual assault can have devastating effects such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, and strained relationships.  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.  Groups for women survivors of sexual assault are held on the following days/times:

Tuesdays, 10AM-11AM; 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.

RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the East Texas Crisis Center at 903.509.2526 to speak to a sexual assault counselor.


Advocacy / Legal Advocacy

Accompaniment to hospitals, law enforcement offices, prosecutors 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

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

Emergency Shelter

  • 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 on a daily basis. 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 have the opportunity to 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 includes:

  • Learn to build a budget
  • Manage their money
  • Prepare for job interviews
  • Secure a better paying job

Public Education and Primary Prevention Program

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. If you are interested in educating your young men to stop violence,
see Men Against Violence

Emergency Solutions Program


Media Release 
Contact: Chantel Millin, Salvation Army in Tyler, Community and Corporate Relations Coordinator, 903-592-4361

The Salvation Army in Tyler, in collaboration with PATH and ETCC, announce the availability of the Emergency Solutions PROGRAM  beginning October 1

The Salvation Army in Tyler and our partners, the East Texas Crisis Center and Path, are pleased to announce the launch of the collaborative Emergency Solutions Grant Program beginning October 1, 2014. Funded in part by The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, this project will serve those homeless and at-risk within Smith, Cherokee, Henderson, Rains, Wood, and Upshur counties. The goal of the program is to quickly transition individuals, and especially families with children, off of the streets and out of emergency shelters, into permanent and sustainable housing.  The Salvation Army will focus on outreach and case management to those living in places not meant for human habitation and the rapid stabilization of those entering their shelter, the Center of Hope, so that they may be quickly and successfully rehoused. The Crisis Center will also provide emergency shelter and case management, focusing on the needs and barriers specific to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Finally, PATH will provide both homelessness prevention and rapid-rehousing in the form of rent assistance, financial assistance, as well as housing search and placement. Individuals seeking homelessness prevention assistance must be below 30% of the area median income for household size. Julie Goodgame, Grants Administrator for The Salvation Army in Tyler, has said of the collaboration,  “We are so excited to pilot this program here in East Texas. While some of the components are similar to past programs The Salvation Army, PATH, and the East Texas Crisis Center have operated, this kind of targeted collaborative approach, both programmatically and financially, is very new.  This allows each agency to take a piece of the puzzle and tackle it, rather that spreading ourselves so thin trying to accommodate each component internally. By working together in this way, we remove our own barriers as individual agencies. This will definitely lead to better, lasting results for our clients and our community.”

The program and direct assistance funds will be available starting October 1st. The financial support of the community is needed and will play a large part in the success of this program, as each agency is required to match dollar for dollar what they receive from TDHCA. For organizations seeking additional information on the program or who would like to partner/leverage resources, please call Julie Goodgame, Grants Administrator for The Salvation Army in Tyler, at 903-592-4361. For those seeking direct financial assistance, please call Esther Grijalva, Housing Stabilization Case Manager for PATH, at 903-617-2804.


 About The Salvation Army in Tyler

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 117 years within Smith County. We serve over 11,400 individuals annually through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 87 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in the East Texas community. We are proud to be a United Way Agency. For more information, go to

About East Texas Crisis Center

The East Texas Crisis Center provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention counseling to victims of family violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.  Advocacy programs and services are designed to increase options of safety and security for victims, to reduce the emotional and physical trauma of victims to help them stabilize their lives, assist victims to help them understand and participate in the criminal justice system and to help them improve the quality of their lives. We are proud to be a United Way Agency.

About Path

PATH is a non-profit organization serving, through committed dedicated staff and well-equipped volunteers, the economically disadvantaged people of Smith County with both emergency assistance and programs to empower and encourage them to become self-sufficient.   PATH started in 1984 and provides assistance to more than 100 people every day – serving more than 21,000 people in 2013.  PATH services include: transitional housing, family development and support, education, basic medical for vision and dental, prescription assistance, utility and rent support, and one of the only local food pantries open 40 hours a week.  For more information, call 903.597.PATH (7284) or visit the PATH website at