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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 call the statewide Helpline (800-494-8100) or 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
  • Women's Resource Center, 401-846-5263
  • Crossroads Rhode Island, Domestic Violence Program, 401-861-2760

Additional shelter and housing assistance can be found through Sojourner House, 401-765-3232.

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 the Crime Victim Compensation Program webpage 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.

Ask the staff at the shelter where you're planning to stay if the Pet Safe or Red Rover programs are available options. Both programs require shelter staff to submit the applications for safety reasons.

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