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Domestic Violence Program
Call our 24-hour helpline at (401) 861-2760
Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women.
After a three-year affiliation between Crossroads Rhode Island and the Women’s Center of Rhode Island, the two organizations merged in July 2016 to become the Domestic Violence Program of Crossroads. As one organization, we provide integrated services to address the unique needs of domestic violence survivors, as we work with them to break the cycle of violence and find secure, stable housing.
About Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors that one partner uses to establish and maintain power and control over the other person in the relationship.
Abusive behavior can include physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and financial tactics. Behaviors such as hitting, slapping, shoving, choking, forced or coerced sexual activity, name-calling, put-downs, threats, intimidation, and denying access to money are abusive. While there are many different forms that abuse can take, it centers around one partner controlling the other.
Domestic violence occurs across all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. It happens in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships, and both men and women can be victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Program and Shelter
The Domestic Violence Program is primarily an emergency shelter program with a focus on safety and housing. The shelter provides safety for domestic violence survivors and their children in a confidential location separate from other Crossroads properties. The domestic violence program also includes transitional housing and a 24-hour helpline. Clients will have access to Crossroads Rhode Island’s range of services, including basic needs assistance, education and employment services, and intensive case management, while they work to find a secure and stable home.
24-Hour Helpline: (401) 861-2760
We operate a helpline for individuals in domestic violence situations to call at any time to speak with a trained volunteer. Volunteers can offer advice on staying safe, creating an escape plan, taking action, or just be there to listen. Staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there will always be someone there to answer your call.
Suggestions for Helping
Do you suspect that someone you know is being abused? If so, don't be afraid to offer help. Here are some basic steps you can take to assist someone who may be experiencing domestic violence:
Approach them in an understanding, non-blaming way. Tell them that they are not alone.
Acknowledge that it is scary and difficult to talk about domestic violence. Tell them that they don't deserve to be threatened, hit, or beaten. Nothing a person can do or say makes the abuser's violence acceptable.
Share information. Show them different resources on domestic violence. Discuss the dynamics of violence and how abuse is based on power and control.
Ask if they have suffered physical harm. Go with them to the hospital to check for injuries. Help report the assault to the police, if they choose to do so.
Point them in the direction of professional help, including social services, emergency shelter, counseling services, and legal advice.
Check in with them regularly.
Domestic Violence Resources in Rhode Island:
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