Domestic violence awareness spreads across E. Texas


In the middle of Domestic Violence Awareness month, education is paying off as more people are reporting abuse.

All of the beds in the Family Crisis Center of East Texas have been full. 

"This is the first time that we have seen our capacity stay at this level for an extended period of time," Heather Kartye, interim executive director of the center, said.

The increase in capacity is due to both awareness about the agency and awareness regarding domestic violence.

The shelter typically houses clients for about a month, but they work with each individual to get them back on their feet.

"I came here with no job, no transportation and I got my children back while I was here, somebody donated me a car while I was here at the women's shelter and I got this amazing job," said one shelter client

Aside from the shelter, the Family Crisis Center offers outreach assistance as well as legal and Child Advocacy services.

If you need help, call the 24-hour crisis hotline at (800) 828-7233.

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