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Support Services

All services are free and confidential to MSU students, faculty, staff and their spouses/partners as well as non-affiliated members of Ingham County. To access services call (517) 355-1100 or email us at

Support Services:
Advocacy services include discussing options and resources related to legal, educational, housing, financial, emotional or other needs; assistance with and/or accompaniment to MSU Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), civil, or criminal proceedings; or safety planning.

Individual therapy is available for individuals who have experienced or currently are experiencing relationship violence.

For more information about individual therapy, visit our Individual Therapy page.

*Childcare may be available for survivors during individual therapy sessions. Clients who are in need of childcare during sessions can check with their therapist about availability.

MSU Safe Place holds a support group for survivors of relationship violence. MSU Safe Place is currently in the process of planning summer support groups for survivors of relationship violence. Come back soon to register. 

For more information about support groups visit our Support Groups page.

*Childcare may be available for survivors during support group sessions. Clients who are in need of childcare during support group sessions can check with their therapist about availability.

Safe Place advocate, Lara Hayden, will be offering relationship violence and sexual misconduct (RVSM) support services weekly at MSU's Gender and Sexuality Campus Center as the RVSM Liaison. Services are offered in-person and virtually by request. Services are available to survivors, co-survivors, or those looking to learn more about RVSM.

Lara is in-person at the GSCC Mondays 10am-12pm and Wednesday 12:30pm-2:30pm. Lara also by request availability on Thursdays 10am-5pm.

Ways to connect with Lara for RVSM support:

  • Drop in the GSCC Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Send an email to Lara at
  • Call Lara at 517-353-4155 (please leave a voicemail with the safest way to contact you)

Services Lara provides:

  • Sharing resources and information about relationship violence and sexual misconduct (RVSM)
  • Providing free and confidential space to talk about RVSM and get short term or ongoing supporting
  • Sharing detailed information about MSU Safe Place and Center for Survivors services
  • Teaching skills to better support survivors and those impacted by RVSM


Crisis Intervention services are provided to relationship violence or stalking survivors seeking support via phone or crisis chat and to individuals receiving shelter or other support services.  This may include debriefing experiences, assessing safety and exploring options.

MSU Safe Place provides shelter to female, male, non-binary and trans adults and their minor-aged children who are experiencing stalking and/or emotional, physical or sexual abuse in an ongoing relationship and are in need of a safe, confidential place to stay.

MSU Safe Place Crisis Chat is staffed by trained SACI volunteers. Crisis chat is available from 10AM-10PM EST, daily. Our volunteers are here to support survivors, their friends, and family members.

Support includes:
  • Discussing feelings, and experiences related to relationship violence and/or stalking
  • Answering questions about MSU Safe Place services
  • Connecting to campus & community resources
  • Information about advocacy services (housing, academic, medical, legal), counseling services or University processes
  • Answering questions you have about relationship violence or stalking

Crisis Chat is not a replacement for therapy. However, it is a way to get immediate support and access to resources.

If you are seeking therapy, MSU Safe Place offers free individual and group therapy for MSU-affiliated survivors. MSU Safe Place also offers free advocacy, and shelter services for MSU faculty, staff, and students as well as Ingham County community members.

For more information about crisis chat visit our Crisis Chat page.

MSU Safe Place respects the principle of confidentiality for all clients. Additionally, domestic and sexual violence programs are covered under a Michigan Law protecting confidentiality, and federal funding through VOCA requires certain standards of confidentiality. Our confidentiality policy remains in effect except for the following circumstances:

  • When you sign a Release of Information that indicates to whom you want information shared and you identify specific information you want disclosed. The release of information is time-limited, based on the timeframe you determine.
  • Suspected or actual abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult.
  • A medical or other emergency has occurred, and staff calls 911.
  • You make a credible threat to severely harm yourself. MSU Safe Place staff understand that sometimes people use self-harm (such as cutting) as a means of coping, and that in and of itself is not a reason for us to call 911. We encourage residents to be open about their use of self-harm so we can offer support and resources.
  • You make a credible threat to harm others.
  • A compelling reason, such as a felony warrant, is presented by law enforcement.
  • A subpoena of records is received, and our program is not successful in our attempt to quash the subpoena, as covered under Michigan statutes MCL 600.2157.a and MSA 274.2157(1).

Speaking or chatting with MSU Safe Place support staff means that you agree to these terms.

Please feel free to ask MSU Safe Place staff to address any concerns you have about confidentiality before you share any information.

Reaching MSU Safe Place:

For support or shelter services call (517) 355-1100. You can also reach MSU Safe Place via e-mail at If you leave a voice mail message or e-mail us, please indicate a safe way for us to reach you.