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Important Information Regarding COVID-19
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Following the advice of the CDC and the State of Rhode Island, the WRC is doing its part to reduce the exposure and spread of the coronavirus to our clients, our employees and the broader community. All staff are working remotely, though our services are still available. The WRC remains a safe haven for support, shelter, and counseling services. We encourage all to stay alert and share our resources to neighbors in need. For assistance, contact 401-846-5263 or  Our 24-Hour Hotline is 1-800-494-8100. If you are in imminent danger, call 911.

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Now more than ever, individuals need our help. We are asking you to help ensure that the WRC has the crucial funds to support survivors, plus meet the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Your support means that our services remain available. A donation in any amount is appreciated by us and those we serve.

WRC News

Effective Friday June 26, 2020, Jessica Walsh has been named Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center of Newport & Bristol Counties. For the full press release and to learn more about Walsh, click the button below.

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Our Mission:

“Leading domestic violence prevention through the empowerment of individuals and the community by providing advocacy, education and support services.”


In the Press

Amendments Accepted to North End Plan (Newport This Week, May 2022)

OPINION/LETTERS: Newport zoning changes will support domestic violence survivors (Newport Daily News, May 2022)

Two community health organizations work to address gaps in care for LGBTQ+ community on Aquidneck Island (The Public’s Radio, Oct. 2021)

Mayor Napolitano proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (What’s Up Newp, Oct. 2021)

Spotlight on Giving with the Women’s Resource Center (WADK 1540AM Newport, Oct. 2021)

Domestic Violence Advocates Describe Increased Demand For Support Services During Pandemic (The Public’s Radio and WBUR, May 2021)

Searching for Peace at Home: Newport Art Museum to host a community conversation on domestic violence (What’s Up Newp, March 2021).  Link to Recording: Searching For Peace at Home: Virtual Artist Talk

Former “Man Who Makes a Difference” Leads “Shop With a Cop” (, Dec. 2018)

Hometown Hero: Zoe Petrovas (, Dec. 2018)

Women’s Resource Center receives grant to improve health in Newport neighborhoods (, Nov. 2018)

Father Malm honored as a Hero of the Faith (Rhode Island Catholic, Nov. 2018)

Grants Seek to Improve Health In Several Rhode Island Towns (The Kent County Times, Nov. 2018)

Community Foundation Update (Philanthropy News Digest, Oct. 2018)

West Warwick Thundermist, HEZ Accept RI Foundation Grant (The Kent County Times, Nov. 2018)

Local Angle: A Community Foundation Making a Big Push for Health Equity in a Small State  (Inside Philanthropy, Nov. 2018)