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Where to Find Help

UPDATED June 21, 2012

Legal Assistance

Rhode Island

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WomensLaw regrets that these resources have not been updated recently.  However, please note that the legal content on the Know the Laws section is updated annually and the rest of the website is also updated regularly.

Included in this list are organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services to victims of abuse and others who qualify.  Even if the organization does not have a lawyer available to represent you in court, you may want to ask if there is a lawyer who you can consult with to get advice.  Please note that we list the organizations by the town/city or county where the office is located – however, many offices may likely serve multiple counties.  We indicate the “counties served” whenever possible. You can click the blue “View All” button to look through the complete list of organizations.

Justice Assistance
943 Park Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
Phone: (401) 781-7000
Web: http://www.justiceassistance.org/

Rhode Island Legal Services
56 Pine Street, Fourth Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Hotline: (401) 274-2652
Phone: (800) 662-5034 (press Ext. 124 for Housing Hotline)
Web: http://www.rils.org/

Rhode Island Legal Services
50 Washington Square
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 846-2264
Phone: (800) 637-4529
Fax: (401) 848-0383
Web: http://www.rils.org/
Helps with obtaining restraining orders in Rhode Island.

The Legal Advocacy Clinic at Roger Williams University
Phone: (401) 846-5263 (The Women's Resource Center)
Email: tmartland@rwu.edu
The Clinic provides court advocacy services to victims of domestic violence in the Newport courthouse on specified days. Court advocacy includes helping clients apply for orders of protection, safety planning, education and referrals. The Clinic does NOT provide legal services. The Clinic presently serves individuals in Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton and Jamestown. There is no income cut off.

Volunteer Lawyer Program
Rhode Island Bar Association
115 Cedar Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 421-7758
Phone: (401) 421-1666
Web: http://www.ribar.com
The VLP provides services to low-income clients which range from giving advice and counsel or writing a letter on behalf of a client to actual representation in court.

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