What is Domestic Violence?
“The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. Often including the threat or use of violence, when one person believes they are entitled to control another.”
Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
422 Post Road, Suite 102,
Warwick, RI 02888-1524
24 hour Helpline1-800-494-8100
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. They were formed in 1979 to support and assist the six domestic violence prevention agencies in Rhode Island. They not only support and give leadership to the six member agencies, but also strive to create justice for victims, and create awareness on the issue of domestic violence in RI.
The purpose of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to eliminate domestic violence in Rhode Island. Our mission is to support and enhance the work of our member agencies, and to provide leadership on the issue of domestic violence.
The following agencies provide supportive services and shelter to victims of Domestic Violence and their families.
Rhode Island Council on Domestic Violence
324 Broad Street
Central Falls RI 02863
Women's Resource Center
114 Touro Street
Newport RI 02840
Hotline / Crisis Phone: 401-847-2533
Blackstone Shelter, Inc.
P.O. Box 5643
Pawtucket RI 02862
Hotline / Crisis Phone: 401-723-3057
386 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02908
Phone Number: 401-765-3232 Toll Free 401-658-4334
Shelter for all
Women's Center of Rhode Island, Inc.
P.O. Box 3300
Providence RI 02906
Hotline / Crisis: 401-861-2760
Women's Resource Center of South County
61 Main Street
Wakefield RI 02879
Hotline / Crisis: 401-782-3990
Elizabeth Buffum Chase House, Inc.
P.O. Box 9476
Warwick RI 02889
Hotline / Crisis: 401-738-1700
Safe, temporary domestic violence for women and children. http://www.ebccenter.org/
Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center
295 Central Street
Central Falls, RI 02863
Services: Domestic violence comprehensive services.
Family Violence Intervention Program
941 Park Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
Provides court ordered programs
Women's Center of RI
1 Blackstone Blvd. Providence, RI 02906
24 hr. hotline shelter for women & children court advocacy program
Women's Resource Center
624 Main Street
DESTINY HOUSE, INC.
Minority Domestic Violence Agency for Adolescents and Pregnant & Parenting Teens
Destiny House, Inc.
807 Broad Street
Box 27, Suite 427
Providence, RI, 02907
The mission of Destiny House, Inc. is to empower adolescents and pregnant and parenting teens to overcome trauma and break the cycle of violence and poverty. Through a wide range of creative strategies and collaborations, involving outreach and advocacy, Destiny House builds relationships with adolescents and young adults, who may be physically and emotionally "stuck" in destructive patterns of living. Destiny House fully recognizes poverty and its relationship to violence.
Their Vision is to create a community wherein people of all ages, ethnicities, and diverse cultures, who are threatened by violence, can have an input on the strategies and solutions to these and other problems that impact their lives.
Destiny House is very unique:
Their target population is adolescents, pregnant and parenting teens and their families.They are community-based in the center of the minority community.
They address issues other than domestic violence that impact today's youth.
They provide services to young males.
Their goal is not to separate the family.
“Outgrowing The Pain” is a community-based adolescent program which addresses domestic violence, teen dating violence and the connection to other ills that prey on our community and further perpetuate the intergenerational cycles of violence and poverty in our community.
“Growing Pains” is a program for pregnant and/or parenting teens who are trying to pursue their educational and career goals. The program addresses the impact of past trauma and domestic violence on their decisions, and the effects on their children.
“Journey 4 Life With My Sistas” is a domestic violence and economic empowerment program for African American women and children. This program addresses emotional healing from past trauma, and domestic violence education, cultural identity, economic empowerment, and creative expression for women. In a parallel learning process, “Preparing Children 4 The Journey” addresses the same issues for children at an age and culturally appropriate level.
“Peer HIV AIDS Sex Education” s a school based healthy relationships, pregnancy and HIV prevention education program held at The Met High School in collaboration with Brown University.
Free individual and confidential counseling for females and males
Free home-based, school-based and community-based support groups for women who have been impacted by domestic violence and other issues of trauma
Advocates are available to assist victims with emotional support and accompaniment to court, police stations, hospitals, etc.
We outreach to those underserved and so-called unreachable populations via street outreach, on the corners, on the bus, an individual’s homes, and anywhere we have the opportunity to provide informational and educational assistance. We also outreach to incarcerated/formerly incarcerated individuals.
We are available to provide a series of workshops, single presentations, and/or in-service trainings to other organizations on Domestic Violence in the Workplace, and other issues identified by the organizations. All materials are age and culturally appropriate.
SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships)
SOAR is a grassroots organization of Domestic Violence survivors dedicated to lending their voices to change the systems that oppress women, while educating the community about the dynamics of Domestic Violence. They originally formed in 1989, when a group of Domestic Violence survivors vowed to move on from their inner healing, so that they could address the root causes of domestic violence and the solutions necessary for change. Soar came together with a defined mission in mind, "To promote, advocate and work towards the elimination of domestic violence and to embody and give visibility to the voices of abused women.
Since 1989, SOAR has grown to more than 100 members and has worked on a variety of mediums that enable the voices of domestic violence victims to be heard and fought for. Everything from public media campaigns to changing legislation not only for survivors but also the children of domestic violence situations.
Changing legislation has and continues to be an essential part of the way our organization operates, and we are well known advocates for child/custody visitation standards in the state of Rhode Island.
Currently, SOAR is a taskforce of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. They also work with a large variety of Rhode Island grassroots organizations to ensure that the voices of survivors are heard in the issues that affect them. http://www.soarinri.org/
If you or someone you know needs confidential support call the
“Victims of Crime Hotline” 1-800-494-8100.