The Tuscaloosa SAFE Center offers collaborative counseling services that are free-of-charge to all patients seen at the SAFE Center. Counseling offers you a chance to identify your personal strengths and use them to promote personal growth and enhance your well-being.
Sometimes we just need to know that we are not alone in our struggles. At the Tuscaloosa SAFE Center, we hold support group meetings twice a month to help you recover in a safe, non-threatening environment. The support groups are open to anyone who has experienced sexual assault, not just patients seen at the SAFE Center. Please call the SAFE Center at 205-860-7233 to let us know that you'd like to join us every first and third Wednesday evening from 5-6pm at the SAFE Center.
You have choices about reporting! At the Tuscaloosa SAFE Center, we have built strong and trusting relationships with the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Office (Violent Crimes Unit), the Tuscaloosa Police Department, The University of Alabama Police Department and the Northport Police Department, as well as many other law enforcement agencies in the surrounding counties.
If you are undecided about involving law enforcement in your case, please come to us and we can help you navigate through your choices.
Women and Gender Resource Center
The Women and Gender Resource Center is a University of Alabama division of student affairs. The Tuscaloosa SAFE Center has partnered with the WGRC to provide medical advocacy to any student of The University of Alabama or Shelton State Community College who comes to the SAFE Center. These services are free and confidential, and we are happy to contact the WGRC for you. They have advocates on call 24 hours a day to provide:
Accompaniment to the Tuscaloosa SAFE Center or the hospital
Location of safe housing
Support group information
Academic intervention with missed classes and exams.
Help exploring legal and judicial options
Information and referrals
Assistance with Alabama Crime Victims’ Compensation applications
Please visit wgrc.sa.ua.edu for more information.
Title IX Offices
Your school has the legal responsibility to address sexual harassment and sexual violence. The IX Offices at The University of Alabama, Shelton State Community College, Stillman College or any learning institution are available to assist you. Likewise, the staff at the Tuscaloosa SAFE Center can assist you with contacting Title IX coordinators at your respective schools if you desire.
Stillman College Title IX Office
3601 Stillman Boulevard
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
The Tuscaloosa SAFE Center has a partnership with Turning Point to provide medical advocacy to any member of the community and Stillman College students. Turning Point offers:
24-hour crisis line
Rural counseling outside of Tuscaloosa County
Financial literacy training
Prevention and community outreach
Information and referral
Please visit turningpointservices.org for more information.
Tuscaloosa Children’s Center
The Tuscaloosa SAFE Center also partners with the Tuscaloosa Children's Center to provide services, advocacy and support to adolescents served by the Tuscaloosa SAFE Center. These services will ensure that these individuals can receive the support they need in order to live health, productive lives. Please visit tuscaloosachildrenscenter.org for more information.
Tuscaloosa Children's Center
520 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
2110 McFarland Boulevard East, Suite G
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
Alabama Coalition Against Rape
The Tuscaloosa SAFE Center is a member of the Alabama Coalition Against Rape (ACAR), which is a statewide non-profit organization working to prevent sexual violence in Alabama. ACAR advocates for the rights of countless victims and effects critical changes through its active role in public policy, education, and training. Please visit alabamacoalitionagainstrape.org for more information.
Additional resources can be found on any of the following sites:
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) rainn.org
National Sexual Violence Resource Center nsvrc.org
Alabama Coalition Against Rape acar.org
Office on Violence Against Women justice.gov/ovw
Center for Disease Control cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence