The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention

Whoare we?

About Us

Our Mission

The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention is a social change agent dedicated to serving all survivors of sexual violence and co-victims of violent death, including homicide and suicide, at any point following their experience through exemplary direct services, advocacy, education, training and activism.

Our Beginning

The Shafer Center got its start as a red phone in the counseling center of the University of Southern Mississippi. There was overwhelming need of support for victims in the Hattiesburg area after what headlines had dubbed the "West Side Rapist" began sexual assaulting college age women. The needs of survivors began to increase and it was suggested a counseling center would be helpful. So, in 1983 several USM staff and students came together to form what was then known as the Hattiesburg Rape Crisis Center. Since then the name has been changed to the  Shafer Center for Cirsis Intervention, but the mission remains the same. Shafer has helped hundreds of men and women cope with the tragedy of sexual assault, homicide, and suicide.

The Shafer center's services are all free!

So, who helps fund us?

The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention is a nonprofit organization, so funding from outside sources keeps us going. Here is a list of those who help keep us up and running:

  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Victim's of Crime Act Grant (VOCA)
  • Mississippi State Department of Health
  • Forrest County Board of Supervisors
  • Violence Against Women Act Grant (VAWA)
  • United Way of Southeast Mississippi
  • United Way of the Pine Belt Region
  • Various private donations and contributions
  • Thousands of Volunteer Hours

Want to know more about our services? Visit our SERVICES link at the top of this page!

Want to volunteer? Call Today!

Want to Donate? Mail it to 118 College Dr P.O. Box 5196