About Us

The North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center was formed as an agency in 1986, and the shelter was opened to serve victims of domestic violence in 1987.

In 1987, several concerned community members came together with the common goal of eliminating Domestic Violence in the Jasper, Newton, and Pulaski counties. They believed that a shelter for abused women was the first step in achieving this goal. Support groups also started around this time. A lot has changed in the past 30+ years and the Crisis Center has adapted as well. Crisis Center services have expanded to also include survivors of sexual assault and we recognize that survivors of domestic violence/ sexual assault can be any gender, race, ethnicity, social class, etc. 

It is the philosophy of the Crisis Center that each client has the right to seek alternatives to their situation in a safe and supportive environment. We also believe that each person is capable of change and accepting responsibility for change in his or her own life. The staff and volunteers work with the client to identify the problem, offer alternatives and outside referral assistance.  We neither encourage nor discourage decisions, but participate in the planning process and guidance of their goals.

Our Mission

The mission of the North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center is to help end domestic violence and sexual assault in Jasper, Newton, and Pulaski counties by providing temporary shelter and services to victims and children of domestic violence and/or sexual assault through education, advocacy, and community intervention.  We strive to build a community of hope by empowering victims to “break the silence” of violence.  Our motto is, “Turning victims into survivors, helplessness into hope.”


Board of Directors

Shannon Cothran


Valerie Fredrick

Vice President

Sarah Johnson


Robert T. Miller

Board Member

Sharon Johnson

Board Member

Latest Blogs

Safety Planning

One of the most important steps in leaving an abusive relationship is determining a way to do so safely. Each and every survivor of domestic violence/ sexual assault will have to consider what the...

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Donation Drive

Interested in Making a Difference? The Trinity United Methodist Church Women’s Group of Kentland is orchestrating a fundraiser on our behalf! During the month of May they will be collecting paper...

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