Local Resources: Direct Service Organizations
There is an intimate terrorism hiding behind closed doors, and that terror is domestic violence. Home isolation, as vital as it is against the COVID-19 pandemic, gives power to the abuser; shatters support networks; and prevents victims from accessing information and resources to keep themselves safe. KBEP plays a vital role in preventing these incidences before they happen, but we know that domestic violence is more likely to occur when victims are isolated.
In an effort to support victims, we have compiled a list of local organizations who are currently open and ready to support victims of sexual and/or domestic violence. We will update and share this list weekly as more information becomes available. Please note, the descriptions listed below are directly from their websites. For more detailed information about services offered please contact them using the information below.
Of course, if you are in immediate danger or crisis, please call 911.
The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
“The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center wants you to know that we are still here and providing services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault during the COVID-19 pandemic. ALL of our services are currently being run through telecommunication, including Our crisis hotline, counseling, case management, law enforcement advocacy, court advocacy, and shelter services. Call the hotline at 401-738-1700 or visit our website for more information on our services.”
Crossroads Rhode Island Domestic Violence Program (formerly the Women’s Center of RI)
Provide safety, shelter, and advocacy to domestic violence survivors, while helping them secure a stable home.
The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center
“There is extensive internet and media information regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. We recognize that many of the strategies discussed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as self-quarantine and social distancing, may be dangerous for survivors and their families. Additionally, fleeing unsafe situations may become more complicated and remaining in close proximity to abusive partners more dangerous.
We are here for you. Call us at 401.723.3057. We also have the chat feature on our direct website , in case you can’t get to a phone.”
“The RICADV and our member agencies remain determined to support victims and survivors throughout this period of social distancing and isolation. We have gathered updates from each of our member agencies to inform you about services available throughout the state. These statuses are being updated regularly, and we encourage you to check social media and member agencies’ websites for any changes. As always, the Rhode Island Victims of Crime Helpline (1-800-494-8100) is available 24/7. A 24-hour chat line is also available through the RICADV and Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center websites.To chat with an advocate, click the box that says “WE’RE HERE TO HELP” to the right of your screen.”
Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)
“We recognize the evolving challenges COVID-19 is creating in all of our daily lives. We realize as parents and caregivers your primary concern is how to take care of your children and family. There is a lot of information being shared on radio, television and social media about the illness and the impact it is having across the world. As parents/caregivers, knowing how to minimize risk factors, maintain a child’s safety, and reduce their worries and fears are essential. If you would like to speak with someone about how to discuss COVID-19 with your child please contact us at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County. We will support you. Our number is 508-674-6111 ext. 103. Please leave a message and someone will call you back.”
Women’s Center: New Bedford and Fall River, MA
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