St. Augustine, Fla. (April 12, 2017) – Chris S. Ferebee, the managing assistant state attorney for St.Johns County, has been elected to the Betty Griffin Center Board of Directors.

Ferebee, who has served in his current role in the Florida State Attorney’s Office since 2016, joined the 11-member board that provides oversight for the nonprofit Betty Griffin Center – which provides emergency shelter and services for residents experiencing domestic or sexual abuse in St. County.

“We’re pleased to have someone of Chris’ caliber joining our board,” said Betty Griffin Center Executive Director Joyce Mahr. “His experience in the criminal justice system will offer us further guidance in working through some of the issues involving our clientele and their legal issues.”

Prior to his current position, Ferebee served as an assistant state attorney for career criminals/sex crimes with the 7th Judicial Circuit from 2005 to 2016. He has served as a law clerk with Jacksonville attorney Dale G. Westling from 2002 to 2005 while he attended law school.

Ferebee received his Juris Doctor from the Florida Coastal School Of Law in Jacksonville in 2005.

Betty Griffin House currently houses up to 54 women and their children and offers free services and programs including confidential counseling, a 24-hour crisis hotline, a rape crisis unit in Flagler Hospital and legal assistance to domestic violence and sexual assault victims and families throughout the community. The organization also provides primary prevention education and awareness in the St. Johns County School District and throughout St. Johns County.

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About Betty Griffin Center
The Betty Griffin Center was founded in 1990 by concerned citizens and incorporated as the Safety Shelter of St. Johns County to develop plans to provide shelter for local victims of domestic violence and their children. In 1992, the nonprofit agency contracted with a local motel for space and started a 24-hour crisis line and court advocacy program. By 1994, the agency purchased and opened Betty Griffin House as a permanent shelter. The shelter was expanded in 1998 to meet local demand, and a sexual assault program was added the same year. The Sexual Assault Victim Recovery Program is currently recruiting on call volunteers to provide victim advocacy. For information contact Kelly at 904-808-8544.

Today, Betty Griffin Center shelters 250 to 350 victims of domestic and sexual abuse annually, operates a 24-hour helpline, provides professional counseling for victims of domestic and sexual abuse, provides age appropriate violence prevention training and operates two thrift stores at Julington Square and Anastasia Square to assist in funding the agency’s ongoing operations
For more information or to make a donation, visit To report if you or someone you know is being abused, call the Betty Griffin Center 24-hour crisis helpline at (904) 824-1555.


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