Family Crisis Center of East Texas celebrates 30 years

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Tuesday the Family Crisis Center of East Texas celebrated their 30th anniversary by discussing new ways to combat family violence.

Nearly 100 community members turned out to join several panels including some on media, health care, education, and criminal justice. Panel participants talked about areas that contribute to domestic violence and ways to stop it. Educators, police officers, and even politicians gathered to find ways they could help a center that they said has impacted an entire community.

"The family crisis center helps us, they work with us in prosecution," said Angelina County District Attorney Clyde Herrington.  "They will actually come to the courthouse to hold the victim's hand to help with children. Some of these victims have no place to stay and the Family Crisis Center tries to provide them a safe place to stay."

"I think that our work has been critical, but I think that it's time for new partners to come in and to come up with new and innovative ideas on how we can combat family violence here in our community," said Executive Director of the Family Crisis Center of East Texas Margi Preston.

The Family Crisis Center formerly known as Women's Shelter of East Texas said they were thrilled with the turnout and thankful they have been able to give assistance over the years to family violence survivors.

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