The mission of Sojourner House is to promote healthy relationships by providing culturally sensitive support, advocacy, and education for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence; and to effect systems change.
— Our Mission Statement

About Sojourner House

Our vision statement says it all: Sojourner House envisions a world where everyone lives their life free from domestic and sexual abuse. Sojourner House is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by Providence residents and Brown University students who were concerned about what was then a silent epidemic: domestic and sexual violence. Thanks to the efforts of our many supporters, Sojourner House has grown from a part-time, volunteer hotline into a provider of comprehensive services available to victims of abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We've taken steps to determine how best to prioritize our future efforts to help those who are most isolated due to abuse, as well as efforts to improve systemic and institutional responses to people in abusive relationships.

Every day we receive requests for assistance from individuals in abusive relationships. Thanks to our supporters, we are able to offer them support groups, emergency shelter, transitional housing, sexual health advocacy, emotional support, referrals to over 50 other community partners providing additional assistance, and more. We assisted more than 3,000 new clients in 2014. Our supporters make our work to end domestic and sexual violence possible. Since its incorporation in 1976, Sojourner House has served more than 50,000 individuals. 


What We Do

Our goal is to help our clients rebuild their lives, piece by piece, through a variety of services. Our prevention and education programs work within Rhode Island communities, teaching important information on domestic abuse. We also work to raise awareness on many issues related to domestic violence: teen violence, HIV/AIDS prevention, elder abuse, and LGBTQ partner abuse. For these areas, Sojourner House has created specialized services.

All our programs work from the premise that violence is an unacceptable means to solving interpersonal conflict, and we encourage only non-violent methods of working out conflicts. To learn more about our programs, please use the navigation buttons at the top.


The Story Behind the Name

Sojourner House was partly named after Sojourner Truth, the courageous 19th-century enslaved woman who later became an abolitionist, speaking on behalf of women and slaves as she traveled throughout the U.S. Her message of strength and freedom inspires our work. We've designed our programs so that our clients have many options to choose from, allowing them to build strength and independence as they recover from abuse. Additionally, our organization derives its name from our goal to give victims and survivors a place to "sojourn" as some go through the toughest times of their lives. 


Sojourner House Inc. is an agency organized to serve battered adults and their children. We embrace respect, compassion, fairness and equality in carrying out our mission. Our philosophy includes the following:

  1. We believe that everyone has a right to live and work in an environment free from abuse of any sort. In keeping with this conviction, we strive to operate a mutually supportive and non-exploitive workplace.
  2. We believe that domestic and sexual violence are rooted in a social attitude that violence is acceptable, a culture that devalues women, and a society structured by exploitation.
  3. In the conviction that individual empowerment and social change go hand-in-hand, we work toward both. By embracing the concept of self-empowerment, we encourage all clients to realize their potential to control their own lives.
  4. We value the strengths inherent in diversity of cultures, lifestyles, and ideas.