Restraining orders are being issued and domestic violence cases are being heard. Court advocates are available to help guide you through the process.
The Rhode Island courts are open for domestic violence restraining orders in Family Court and District Court, emergency child custody matters and criminal domestic violence proceedings. Court advocates are available at all courthouses to meet with victims and help them navigate the court process.
The 24/7 confidential statewide Helpline, which can be reached at 1-800-494-8100, continues to operate, providing assistance and referrals. Domestic violence advocates also offer confidential support through a 24/7 live chat helpline, accessible by visiting www.ricadv.org.
Court advocates are available Monday through Friday at the following phone numbers:
Garrahy Judicial Complex (Providence)
Advocates can be reached at the restraining order office located on the second floor of the courthouse or by phone at 401-458-3372.
Noel Judicial Complex (Kent County)
Advocates can be reached at 401-822-6680 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and are checking voicemails remotely.
McGrath Judicial Complex (Wakefield) – Reopened as of September 9.
Advocates can be reached at the main office at 401-782-4174 or 401-782-3995. Clients are being seen by appointment. Please call ahead to schedule with an advocate.
Murray Judicial Complex (Newport) – Reopened as of September 9.
Advocates can be reached at the main office at 401-846-5263 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Clients are being seen by appointment and are being asked to call in advance.