For over 30 years The Women’s Center of East Texas has served battered women, their witnessing children, and victims of sexual assault. We have responded to tens of thousands of calls for help, and there is so much more to be done. We spend our days exploring options, enhancing safety and creating community change with victims of domestic and stranger and/or non-stranger sexual violence in the following ways:
EMERGENCY SHELTER – we provide emergency shelter in a comfortable, clean and safe home supplied with food, clothing and other necessary items.
OUTREACH SUPPORT – we offer short term, supportive group, individual peer counseling, crisis intervention and victim advocacy for adults and teens that are survivors of domestic and sexual violence. No appointment necessary for immediate face-to-face crisis intervention and advocacy services. Call the 24-hours crisis hotline at 800-441-5555 for more information.
LEGAL SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY – whether a resident or a client in our outreach program, survivors of domestic or sexual violence can access assistance in applying for a protective order, negotiating the criminal legal process or connection with community legal resources to pursue civil solutions, such as divorce, arrangements for custody, or child support.
ACCOMPANIMENT - we offer 24-hour/day, 7 days/week accompaniment to hospitals (including sexual assault medical foresnsic exams), law enforcment, prosecutors and court.
CRISIS HOTLINE SERVICES – through our 24-hour hotline, Women’s Center staff and volunteers can suggest ways to stay safe, problem solve and help with immediate needs and support.
INFORMATION AND REFERRALS – our staff can help identify needs and available community resources. Some examples are food pantries, financial help, housing, employment, legal assistance, mental health and medical health care, as well as drug and alcohol services.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION – trained educators are available to a variety of community institutions like faith communities, corporations, civic groups or medical settings for customized training or simple presentations on the topics of domestic and sexual violence, including signs and symptoms and how to help.
SPANISH SPEAKING SERVICES – all of the above services are also available in Spanish.
HOPE’S CLOSET – located at 1011 Wal Suite 100 and 2409 Gilmer Road, WCET’s thrift shops are critical resources for women and children escaping violence in their home and valuable fundraiser for the agency.
24 Hour Hotline – (903)295-7526, (800)441-5555