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The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving victims of sexual assault and co-victims of homicide and suicide. The Shafer Center was established in 1983 as the Hattiesburg Rape Crisis Center, after a series of rapes occurred near the University of Southern Mississippi's campus. Responders to the incidents saw the need for a community rape crisis center. Since then the Shafer Center has served hundreds of people in our eleven county region through crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, advocacy, and education.
In December of 2012, the Shafer Center suffered major damage from a fire and had to be relocated. After the fire, staff began salvaging items from the burned building. However on February 10, 2013 a tornado came through and destroyed what was left. The Shafer Center is still located on USM campus and an outreach office is located in Laurel, MS.  
Our Mission Statement:
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 services include
- 24-hour crisis line
- Support groups
-Individual counseling
-Assistance with medical, safety relocation/transportation expenses
-Assistance with victim's compensation applications
-Accompaniment to hospitals and law enforcement
-Referrals and information
-Community education programs
-Preventative services/programs
-Extensive court advocacy
-Limited crime scene clean-up (homicide program only)
Service Region:
Covington County
Forrest County
Greene County
Jasper County
Jefferson Davis County
Perry County
Jones County
Lamar County
Marion County
Smith County
Wayne County
Funding Sources:
University of Southern Mississippi (In-kind only)        United Way of Southeast Mississippi
Victims of Crime Act Grant (VOCA)                             United Way of the Pine Belt Region
Mississippi State Department of Health                      Various private donations and contributions
Forrest County Board of Supervisors                          Thousands of Volunteer Hours
Violence Against Women Act Grant (VAWA)