West Warwick Police Department
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West Warwick, Rhode Island 02893

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Domestic Violence &
Sexual Assault Victim Advocate            
West Warwick Police Department:



Statewide 24 Hour Victims of Crime Helpline:



Day One:  Providing counseling services for victims of Sexual Assault

Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center: Providing counseling and shelter services
401-738-1700 (24 hour hotline)

Office of Victim Services/VINE:      (Victim Information & Notification Everyday)                                              1-877-744-VINE


Rhode Island Legal Services:  401-274-2652

Attorney General's Office: Kent County Courthouse     401-822-2710              Advocate: 401-822-6804

Restraining Order Office                Kent County Courthouse 3rd Floor  401-822-6680


The Law Enforcement Advocate's services are free and are available to people of every age, gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, relationship or familial status, physical or mental ability. 

Services Available to Victims of
Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault

Phone Support

  • For victims/survivors, their non-offending family, friends and others affected by domestic and sexual violence 

In-person Accompaniment & Support

  • For victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence at the hospital emergency room, police station and throughout court proceedings 

Information & Referral Network

  • Listing of community services and local Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis centers specializing in trauma issues 

Professional Training

  • For teachers/students, police, court personnel, medical staff, social services personnel and others involved in dealing with the issue of domestic and sexual violence.

The following information is meant to be a brief overview about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. For additional information, refer to the resources available at the top of the page. 


Domestic Violence is a pattern of violent or dominant behaviors used by a partner to gain control of a relationship, and it goes far beyond physical injury. It is against the law for your spouse, intimate partner, ex-partner, or a family member to: 


Injure you


Threaten you so that you fear for your physical safety


Force or pressure you into sexual acts.


Destroy or threaten to destroy your physical property.


Enter your home against your will if you are living separately. 

Domestic violence is something uncomfortable to talk about, and it is a hard pattern to escape, but it also something that can be stopped. Domestic Violence is in our neighborhood. It is in our community. It can happen to anyone, but it does not have to happen to you. 

When a law enforcement officer responds to a domestic violence situation and has probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed, the officer shall arrest and take into custody the alleged perpetrator of the crime.  

The alleged perpetrator will be brought before a bail commissioner or another officer of the court. A No-Contact Order (NCO) will be issued. The NCO means that the defendant may not contact you in person, by telephone, or by mail.  

The defendant will then be arraigned before a judge. The judge will schedule a second hearing (pretrial conference), usually within a few weeks, at which the defendant may change his/her plea to guilty, not guilty, or no contest (nolo contendre). 

A temporary restraining order (TRO) is also available to victims of domestic violence at the Family or District Court (located at the Kent County Courthouse in Warwick) whether or not there has been an arrest. A person may apply for a TRO if he/she has been a victim of physical violence or is in fear for their physical safety. If a TRO is approved, the perpetrator is served with the TRO and is not allowed to have any contact with the victim. A violation is an arrestable offence. Some people choose to have both a NCO and a TRO because a TRO can offer added protection by giving temporary custody of children to the victim; by ordering the perpetrator to pay temporary child support; and/or by ordering the perpetrator to vacate the home, if shared with the victim.  


Sexual assault is any kind of sexual contact without consent. (This includes forcing someone to watch pornography or sexual acts.) Consent is "yes" without force or power. Force or power includes emotional coercion, (bribes, pressuring, lying, tricks) implicit coercion, (social position, size/strength, age) verbal threats, physical force without a weapon or physical force with a weapon. Exceptions to consent include age (the age of consent in Rhode Island is 16.) and being mentally incapacitated due to drugs or alcohol. In addition, a person who is incapable of understanding the nature of a sexual act due to a mental impairment cannot give consent. 

Sexual violence happens to all people. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men are sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Most perpetrators are known and trusted. 85% of perpetrators are acquaintances such as a parent, relative or friend and that can make the sexual abuse even more confusing. There is no "right" response to sexual violence. Sexual assault is a life-threatening situation and whatever you did to survive was the right thing to do. Remember, submitting to sexual violence is not the same thing as "consenting". Sexual violence is never the victim's fault and no one deserves to be sexually assaulted. 

If you have been sexually assaulted, consider the following:

  • Medical Help
    Every victim of sexual assault should receive immediate medical attention. Being seen by medical personnel does not mean you have to report the crime. There is a specific sexual assault examination that addresses your medical needs, as well as the collection of evidence that may be useful should you decide to report the crime and press charges. Also, you should consider being tested for pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS. Medical evidence can be collected up to 72 hours after an assault. There is no cost to the victim who has no insurance for the exam. The exam can be done at any hospital emergency room.
  • The Police
    Sexual assault is a crime. It is your decision whether or not to file a police report. If you decide to report the assault, the report should be filed with the police department in the city/town where the assault occurred, or with the State Police.

A trained sexual assault crisis advocate can accompany you to the hospital and/or police station if you wish. The advocate is there to offer you support and answer your questions. Services are available regardless of whether or not you decide to report the assault to the police. An advocate is available through the 24-hour Victims of Crime Helpline at 1.800.494.8100


Cycle of Violence

  • Dominance – Abusive individuals need to feel in charge of the relationship. They will make decisions for you and the family, tell you what to do, and expect you to obey without question. Your abuser may treat you like a servant, child, or even as his or her possession.
  • Humiliation – An abuser will do everything he or she can to make you feel bad about yourself or defective in some way. After all, if you believe you're worthless and that no one else will want you, you're less likely to leave. Insults, name-calling, shaming, and public put-downs are all weapons of abuse designed to erode your self-esteem and make you feel powerless.
  • Isolation – In order to increase your dependence on him or her, an abusive partner will cut you off from the outside world. He or she may keep you from seeing family or friends, or even prevent you from going to work or school. You may have to ask permission to do anything, go anywhere, or see anyone.
  • Threats – Abusers commonly use threats to keep their partners from leaving or to scare them into dropping charges. Your abuser may threaten to hurt or kill you, your children, other family members, or even pets. He or she may also threaten to commit suicide, file false charges against you, or report you to child services.
  • Intimidation – Your abuser may use a variety of intimidation tactics designed to scare you into submission. Such tactics include making threatening looks or gestures, smashing things in front of you, destroying property, hurting your pets, or putting weapons on display. The clear message is that if you don't obey, there will be violent consequences.
  • Denial and blame – Abusers are very good at making excuses for the inexcusable. They will blame their abusive and violent behavior on a bad childhood, a bad day, and even on the victims of their abuse. Your abusive partner may minimize the abuse or deny that it occurred. He or she will commonly shift the responsibility on to you: Somehow, his or her violent and abusive behavior is your fault.





Domestic violence may seem unpredictable; however, it does in fact follow a typical pattern no matter when it occurs or who is involved. The pattern, or cycle, repeats and can happen many times during a relationship. Each phase may last a different length of time and over time the level of violence may increase. It is important to remember that not all domestic violence relationships fit the cycle nor are everyone’s experiences the same.




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