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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

After a three-year affiliation between Crossroads Rhode Island and the Women’s Center of Rhode Island (a former RICADV member agency), the two organizations merged in July 2016 to become the Domestic Violence Program of Crossroads.

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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