Killeen: Domestic violence outreach center expands services

(Photo by Kristen Victorin)

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The only domestic violence shelter in Killeen is Families in Crisis which staff said in March is often over-capacity.

A domestic violence outreach center Teach Them to Love Outreach Ministries, or T3L, is opening a second shelter to help meet the need.

An open house was held Saturday morning as doors are set to open this Monday as the center welcomes its first residential clients since expanding into a shelter.

The center included a kitchen, a serenity room for mediation, a child’s play room, and lounging areas.

It holds a total of 20 beds and continues to provide the services that help victims with life skills, mental health, and counseling.

"You want to empower your clients and you want to equip them and embrace them so that once they leave out of here the probability of them returning is highly unlikely,” T3L Executive Director Lolita Gilmore said. “That would be a great success rate for us.”

The center has secured staffing and help from surrounding agencies like Killeen and Harker Heights police departments.

Services are referral based and potential clients must be victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or sex trafficking.