Am I Experiencing Abuse?
Legal Protections and Resources
Federal laws protect applicants, beneficiaries, participants, and other individuals from discrimination in programs or activities administered by state and local government agencies and recipients of federal financial assistance. Examples include residents or applicants of public housing, affordable housing, and voucher programs; participants in HUD funded substance abuse or other treatment programs; residents of homelessness programs; etc. If a resident believes they have been discriminated against in any housing or community development program, they may file a complaint with Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) using this link: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/online-complaint
In addition, the Office for Victims of Crime provides funding to support survivors and can be contacted as follows: https://ovc.ojp.gov/.
If you believe your rights have been violated and you want to file a complaint, you can contact the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, 180 Westminster Street, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02903. Phone: (401) 222-2661 Fax: (401) 222-2616 TTY (Relay RI): (401) 222-2664 http://www.richr.ri.gov/filecharge/index.php
You can also contact the Public Safety Grants Administration Office at 311 Danielson Pike, North Scituate, RI 02857 Phone: (401) 222-4498.
Helpline Available 24/7
The confidential statewide Helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-494-8100 or using the online chat here. The Helpline is for all victims of violent crime, including domestic and dating abuse, and those looking for more information to help a victim of violence