New website a resource for
R.I. violent-crime victims

PROVIDENCE – A collaborative effort of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Day One, a new website will help those who have experienced violent crimes and others explore options available to them in the state, according to a press release from the two organizations. HelplineRI.com will serve as an extension of Rhode Island’s Victims of Crime Helpline, which will still be available.

“In 2017, we had a record number of Helpline calls,” said Peg Langhammer, executive director of Day One, an organization that serves victims of sexual abuse. “The need is great … hopefully the Helpline website will be one more resource available to make life better for Rhode Island victims of violence and their support networks.”

The helpline is a collaboration between Day One, the coalition and the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, which handles the calls that come from all over the state, according to the press release.

The website includes sections for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, sex crimes and hate crimes. It includes information on the helpline’s advocacy program; frequently asked questions about reporting sexual assault and other crimes; and the Rhode Island Uniform Response Protocol, developed by the state’s human-trafficking task force. A tab takes users to hospitals that can help them in and around Rhode Island, as well as those with HIV, substance use issues, those who are facing LGBTQ issues, or homelessness.

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The website is designed to help victims understand how the helpline works; there is also a section for hospital and police staff to access resources they need to help people in crisis.

Susan Shalhoub is a PBN contributor.