Sojourner House is happy to provide the following list of Rhode Island organizations which can help in securing immediate assistance, legal services, and youth counseling.
Getting Immediate Assistance
If you are being hurt or threatened, call 911 immediately
If you are a victim of domestic and sexual violence, think you might be, or know someone who is (or might be), we encourage you to call us confidentially at 401-765-3232 (24-hrs/day) or at 401-861-6191 (M-F, 9-5). If you decide to call Sojourner House, we have experienced and caring individuals who are always willing to help.
Your call is totally confidential. We do not use caller identification and we always block our outgoing calls for your safety. If you think you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or sexual violence but are not sure, this site has many pages that will help you sort it out. Start by clicking on "Check out your relationship" under the Resources tab.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAN HELP:
Sojourner House is a member of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). RICADV is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and supporting the work of the six member agencies.
Other domestic violence agencies in Rhode Island include:
FACT: In Rhode Island last year, over 5,000 victims of abuse were assisted by a Court Advocate in District Court.
For victims domestic or sexual violence, restraining orders can be an essential part of a safety plan. In Rhode Island last year, more than 3,000 people asked the District and Family Courts for protection from abuse. The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center manages the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence's Restraining Order Office at the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence (401-458-3372). Skilled advocates help victims complete the paperwork needed for court-ordered protection from abuse, accompany them to restraining order request hearings, and provide information, referrals and resources as needed.
To learn more about court services and your rights, visit the links below:
- Notice of Domestic Violence Victims' Rights (for RI)
- Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)
- Rhode Island Legal Services (RILS)
- Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) - Legal Info Line +
Youth Counseling and Assistance
While we can no longer offer child counseling services for clinical support for youth who have witnessed domestic or sexual violence, there are skilled and knowledgeable agencies and therapists in Rhode Island. For a list, please see below. These counselors and agencies are not formally affiliated with Sojourner House for counseling or any other services.
Benefits of therapy for children who witnessed include learning how to process emotions in healthy, safe ways, realizing that they are not at fault, and finally experiencing the freedom to explore issues in a safe, consistent environment while making choices that foster responsibility and confidence. Parents can benefit from youth counseling by learning that their child's behavior is typical of children who have witnessed domestic violence, beginning to understand the ways their child's behavior has formed and how it can be helped, and learning the roles and needs of individual children in the family.
Community Care Alliance (Formerly NRI)
Walk-in intake: 181 Cumberland St. Woonsocket M-F 8:30-12; Appointments can be later.
Need to bring:
• Proof of Rhode Island Residency
• Proof of US Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Resident of US for at Least 5 Years
• Proof of Income
• Proof of Insurance Coverage
Reservoir Ave. Cranston, RI
Takes Neighborhood, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United
2893 Post Road Warwick, RI 02886
Take Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Neighborhood & more; sliding scale possible
Women’s Resource Center of Newport & Bristol Counties
624 Main Street, Warren, RI 02885
Takes insurance. Call to see what kind.
Family Resources of RI: The Trauma & Loss Center
55 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906
347 Broadway, Providence
Takes Blue Cross Blue Shield & United
*Her specialty is working with infants/young children (under 6 yrs.) with trauma
291 Waterman St., Providence, RI
Insurance: Blue cross and Neighborhood
1 Richmond Square Suite 124C, Providence
**Only works with adults but knows domestic violence and will work on parenting concerns. **
Psychological Centers (Annie Cortes is one that speaks Spanish, and there may be others)
49 Pavilion Ave.
Providence, RI 02905
Insurance: Aetna, Magellan Behavioral Health, Tufts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicaid, TRICARE, UBH/United
Insurance: Neighborhood, United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts
Emmanuel Matos @ Anchor Counseling Center
95 Sockanossett Cross Road Suite 201
Cranston, RI 02920
*Additional location in Lincoln*
Insurance: Aetna, Cigna, UBH/United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, TRICARE, Neighborhood
Irene Faioes, LMHC
191 Social Street Suite 430
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Insurance: Aetna, Cigna, Neighborhood Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, UBH/United