Center Grows To Help East Texas Women In Crisis

An official ribbon cutting Friday unlocked the doors to the East Texas Crisis Center in Tyler. The center has spent the past six months raising millions to build the 30,000 square foot facility. The center not only helps battered women get back on their feet, it also helps potential abusers in an extensive 28-week program.

"We have calls from wives time to time saying 'thank you' for whatever we are doing. We like to give credit to (perpetrators) because we just give them tools and teach them new information and challenge their belief systems," says Christine Sullivan, Violence Intervention Administrator.

The center raised more than 4.5 million dollars. The single largest donation of 2 million dollars came from an anonymous donor.

Christine Nelson reporting.