Everyone in the state of Rhode Island is a mandated reporter when it comes to abuse and neglect of children or elders. Abuse and neglect may be emotional, physical, or financial; if you think you know someone who is suffering, please call and report your concerns.
The mission of the Rhode Island Children's Advocacy Center at Day One is to facilitate a coordinated effort among those agencies and professionals dealing with child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse cases, and to reduce the trauma experienced by children once a disclosure has been made and they become involved in the system.
For more information, visit http://www.dayoneri.org/.
Some states, including Rhode Island, may provide assistance with burial costs if you meet eligibility requirements. Please contact your local Department of Human Services office for more information. Find your office online at www.dhs.ri.gov.
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If you need help:
A 24-hour help line is available 1-800-494-8100. This number provides easy access to immediate, quality crisis intervention, support and referrals for all victims of domestic violence.
Any crime occurring between family members, household members or dating relationship partners is considered domestic violence. If you are a victim, you need to know that there are resources available to you: programs and agencies in RI offer emergency shelter, counseling and support groups, advocacy, and assistance in navigating the criminal justice system.
The following agencies provide help to victims throughout RI and are part of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
If you want more information about domestic violence and how you can help yourself or someone else:
Losing someone you love is one of the most difficult experiences you will ever endure. While it is normal to mourn, you may find that educating yourself about grief and loss helps you to better understand your experience. For many people, participating in a support group or counseling may be helpful. Below are just a few of the resources available to Rhode Islanders grieving the loss of a loved one; your doctor and your community and/or religious and spiritual connections are other ways for you to access the support you need during this time.
Several Hotels in the area offer a modest discount to families of hospitalized patients. These include:
These programs are designed to help with medications for people who have no prescription coverage or have difficulty affording medications.
Sometimes an illness in the family or an unexpected injury can jeopardize a family's economic security. If you are having trouble making ends meet, visit your local Department of Human Services office and the DHS website to find out if you might be eligible for programs including food stamps, medical assistance, and other benefits that address specialized needs. Visit http://www.dhs.state.ri.us/dhs/doffices.htm for more information.
Need help, but you aren't sure exactly where to turn? Call 2-1-1. Free, confidential and accessible 24 hours a day, this project of the United Way and Crossroads RI was established to help Rhode Islanders find their way to the most appropriate resources and supports.
For information about Social Security, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit www.ssa.gov.
Find a support group at www.lifespan.org/services/support/.
For information about temporary disability insurance for Rhode Island Residents, call 401-462-8420 or visit www.dlt.ri.gov.
Victims of Crime Helpline (1-800-494-8100)
This 24-hour, statewide (Rhode Island) help line offers counselors/advocates to provide confidential support, information and advocacy over the phone. May accompany victims to hospital emergency departments or police departments.