You are not alone. We are here to help.
Free – Confidential – 24/7 support and advocacy for those impacted by crimes of violence.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without consent of the recipient.
Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse within a relationship that escalates over time.
Hate crime is a criminal offense motivated by bigotry and bias.
Helpline Frequently Asked Questions
Who runs the Helpline?
The Rhode Island Victims of Crime Helpline, or “the Helpline,” is a collaboration between Day One, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center. The Helpline is staffed by advocates at the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, and serves all of Rhode Island.
Who can call the Helpline?
Any person who has experienced a crime in Rhode Island, or someone looking to support or provide information to a person in crisis, is welcome to call the Helpline. We speak with medical and mental health providers, students, parents, advocates, or anyone looking to access information, support, or resources.
What will happen if you call the Helpline?
You will be connected with a trained advocate who can listen and talk you through a difficult situation. All calls are confidential. The advocate can help you determine steps to stay safe, or provide referrals to local agencies who can help you. The advocate will never judge you or tell you what to do, but will work to empower and support you as you decide what to do. An advocate may be dispatched to the hospital or police department to support a person who has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or hate crime.
Can the Helpline set up services for victims?
The Helpline advocates can guide victims or their support systems to appropriate and available services, but they cannot directly establish services. However, you are always welcome to contact the Helpline to support you through the process.
What types of crimes does the Helpline respond to?
The Helpline is available to anyone who has experienced a victimization of any kind. Our goals are to support you and provide resources to ensure you get the specific help you need. Many of the calls we receive are related to domestic violence and sexual assault, but we are also here to help victims of human trafficking, hate crime, and other types of crime.
Is there a Chat Helpline available?
Yes. Every day from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., our advocates offer the same support through our live chat services. You can access the online chat by visiting this page during those hours and clicking the "WE'RE HERE TO HELP" slideout on the right side of this screen.