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Trainings  & Educational Services

We provide various free educational trainings for all kinds of groups including: Colleges and Universities (including classes, clubs, campus organizations, teacher/staff meetings, etc.), local Police Departments, local middle school and high schools, and other local community organizations/clubs of all ages and backgrounds.


Symbolizes a single moment in time that can be used to end perpetration or support victims of violence, you can become a green dot! During power-based personal violence crimes (such as: sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, elder abuse and bullying) bystanders are present roughly 60% of the time, yet only 15% of the time do bystander intervene. Green Dot teaches bystander intervention strategies that help prevent and reduce power-based personal violence.

    Green Dot Courses are Offered for:

  • Colleges and Universities

  • Community Organizations

The courses can be taught in either 2-hour time blocks or 4 -hour times blocks; they are taught by a team of certified instructors from the Shafer Center. The courses focus on bystander intervention, recognizing the signs of someone who has been assault, and how-to best support someone who has been sexually assault.


This 4-hour training educates police officers on the most up to date information regarding sexual assault. The course focuses on the following 4 topics of sexual assault:

  1. Neurobiology of Trauma

  2. Common Myths About Sexual Assault

  3. Legal Aspects of Sexual Assault Laws

  4. Preferred Methods for Interviewing Victims of Sexual Assault

If requested, the Shafer Center can combine efforts with our sister organization, Domestic Abuse Family Shelter. An additional 4-hour class on domestic violence will be presented, along with 4 additional CEU’s.


Teen dating abuse affects 1 in 3 teens; Safe Dates is an adolescent dating abuse prevention program that is targeted towards middle school through high school students between the ages of 12-18. Safe Dates is the only program with evidence-based curriculum that has proven to help prevent dating violence. The curriculum raises awareness of what healthy dating relationships consist of and helps define dating abuse through observable attitudes/behaviors.

This program is uniquely adaptable to fit your school or organization's needs.  Sessions can be spaced out and they can be taught through 9 separate, themed sessions that last 50-minutes, or 6 or 4 condensed 50-minute sessions. There are various other options to help Safe Dates work with your school or organization's needs.


Safe Dates and Green Dot are available because of funding awarded by the Mississippi Department of Health via grant funding from Sexual Violence Prevention, Education Programs, and the Centers for Disease Control.


As a non-profit organization, the Shafer Center is run by paid staff and volunteers. Volunteers are crucial to the success of our team and clients. Volunteers have a variety of options to put their skills to use or learn new skills. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the Crisis Hotline, act as a First Responder for sexual assaults, help with events/trainings, daily tasks at the Center and so much more!

    As a volunteer, you will need to fill out an application which you can pick up here at the Shafer Center. We ask for 3 references and a minimum time commitment depending on what you would like to volunteer with. All of our volunteers are highly trained and are kept up-to-date on topics we work with at The Shafer Center.

    If you want to be part of the team, call us for more information. We would love to have you join the team and make a difference in our community!

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