Our services are private, confidential, and free. We serve all people affected by domestic violence regardless of sex, age, housing situation or immigration status.
Domestic violence and sexual assault are issues intimately tied with a person’s sexual health status, and we seek to recognize those connections and address them in a non-judgmental manner. Using a risk-reduction model, our advocates provide guidance in all matters related to sexual health and sexuality in both individual and group settings. Our aim is to advocate for our clients, giving victims and survivors of abuse the tools and information so that they may take ownership of their bodies and sexualities.
In conjunction with our other programs, our Sexual Health Advocacy program works to highlight the importance of sexual health and fulfillment in the overall healing process.
The core components of this program are:
- one-on-one consultations & advocacy around sexual health and sexuality (which can include rapid HIV testing if desired)
- educational groups that touch upon domestic violence, risk-reduction, body image, sexual health, safety-planning, healthy relationships, how to talk to youth about sex, and more! Groups can be tailored to fit audiences and different community settings. Based on need and availability, we can also provide childcare and help with bus-passes!
- trainings for providers/staff on issues of Domestic Violence and sexuality (health, sexual orientation, risk reduction methods for specific populations, HIV/AIDS, etc.)
- educational workshops and special events for the public, including collaborative forums, conferences (like the annual Got Ur Game On? conference through the RI HIV Prevention Coalition) and health fairs
All of these services are offered in English as well as Spanish, and with particular attention paid to the group's composition, so we can tailor our services to the population and their background. The groups and workshops take place both on-site at our Smith Street office as well as at other community organizations and partner agencies (or wherever we may be needed!).
For more information, please call 401.861.6191 and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, or appointment requests.