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Domestic violence shelters provide safe, temporary housing for victims of domestic violence and their children. Shelter advocates can also provide referrals, information, and support to help victims and their families rebuild safe, stable lives.

Many of Rhode Island's domestic violence shelters also have transitional or permanent housing programs, which can offer longer-term supportive housing to their clients.

Rhode Island Emergency Shelter & Housing

For more information about domestic violence shelter and housing in Rhode Island, please contact a RICADV member agency:

  • Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, 401-723-3057
  • Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, 401-782-3990
  • Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, 401-738-1700
  • Sojourner House, 401-765-3232
  • Women's Resource Center, 401-846-5263


Emergency shelter and transitional housing are also provided through Crossroads Rhode Island:

Domestic Violence Program, Crossroads Rhode Island
Hotline: (401) 861-2760
Business: (401) 861-2761
160 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02903

Crime Victim Compensation

The Crime Victim Compensation Program reimburses victims of domestic violence who need to relocate. The program can reimburse up to $5,000 for relocation expenses.

Please visit www.ricvcp.com to learn more about who qualifies for the program and to obtain an application.

Pets & Shelter

If you are worried that your pets may be in danger if you leave them at home while you seek emergency shelter, there are a few programs that may be able to help.

In most cases, these programs require shelter staff to submit the applications for safety reasons.

Ask the staff at the shelter where you're planning to stay to refer you to the Safe Pets Program. The Safe Pets Program is a collaboration between the RICADV and several private veterinarians and pet hospitals that provide emergency shelter for pets when their owners seek emergency shelter.

In addition, RedRover is a national program that provides financial assistance to victims of domestic violence for covering expenses related to pet safety. For example, Safe Escape grants can help pay for temporary boarding and veterinary care so that victims of domestic violence can ensure safety for their pets. SafePlaceForPets.org is a RedRover online directory, where pet owners who need a safe escape from domestic violence can search for shelter, housing, and community programs in their area.

If you live in Newport County, you can contact the Potter League for Animals and ask about the Pet Safe Housing program. The Potter League works with social workers and local domestic violence agencies to provide foster care and temporary housing for the pets of victims of domestic violence who must leave a dangerous household situation.