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Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County Announces Interim Leadership

The Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County (DVRC) announced today that Lori Ann Hiener has been named Interim Executive Director.

Lori Ann joined the staff at DVRC four years ago, serving initially as Residential Manager before becoming the Residential Director. Recognizing the long-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on residential services, strategic realignment discussions began at the leadership level, and in March 2022, Lori Ann officially assumed the role of Director of Program Administration.

Lori Ann has spent her entire professional career working with children and families, including Early Intervention at Meeting Street Center, Trudeau Center and Head Start at Tri-County Community Action Agency. Lori Ann holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island and an M.E.D from Smith College.

“As we continue our search for a new Executive Director, we are confident that Lori Ann’s programmatic knowledge and skill set, as well as her capacity to empower the staff will be an asset to the agency during this time of transition,” says Russ Partridge, President of the Board of Directors, DVRC.

Lori Ann assumes this interim leadership role after Mary Roda retired last month, having served as Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center for 22 years.

DVRCSC is the only agency in Washington County that specifically addresses the needs of abuse victims serving nine municipalities. A majority of clients have incomes of less than $10,000/year. All of the agency’s services – court, residential, clinical – are provided free of charge regardless of the clients’ ability to pay.

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Who We Are

The Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC) of South County is a Trauma-Informed Agency whose main focus is to help victims of domestic violence break the cycle of abuse in their lives. Each department, Advocacy, Case Management, and Counseling are all here to provide resources, guidance, and support to help victims get to safety, become independent, and heal.

The DVRC is working to change the social norms that contribute to the continuance of violence. Our goal is to help a victim break the cycle of violence and heal in order to have healthy relationships in the future.

All services at the DVRC of South County are free, confidential, and always handled by trained professionals.

Programs & Resources

Help Line

Help Line

The help line is available to assist you 24/7
800.494.8100

Office help line Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm
401.782.3990

Court Advocacy

Court Advocacy

DVRC Court Office at the McGrath (Washington County) Judicial Center is open for calls and appointments only. DVRC court staff is available by appointment for restraining orders. Please call for an appointment.

401.782.3995

Residential

Residential

Safe Home, Transitional Housing, & Permanent Supportive Housing.

​If you are in need of emergency shelter due to domestic violence, please contact us.

401.782.3990

Support Groups

Support Groups

Adult Female, Adult Male, Teens, Friends & Family. Support groups are being held virtually.

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Our Mission

The Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County (DVRCSC) is a nonprofit agency that works toward a future free of violence, and to build a community in which each individual shares the responsibility to create a culture of safety and personal dignity.

We work collaboratively to offer safety, support, advocacy, education and a network of services to the residents of Washington County. The DVRCSC is dedicated to both preventing and responding to domestic violence by working to change the social conditions, beliefs, and social actions that perpetuate abuse.

Programs

DVRC provides a comprehensive range of services for victims of domestic violence and their children, including a confidential Safe Home, Transitional Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing units, a Helpline & Drop-In Center, Support Groups, One-on-One Counseling and Court Advocacy.

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How To Help

Volunteers are an integral part of our team, and help in a variety of ways through time, talent or treasure. Opportunities include work within our Drop-In Center, hosting an event, or making a gift, which directly impacts the clients we serve.

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All of our services – residential, counseling, court advocacy – are provided free of charge to all of our clients regardless of their financial situation. Your gift allows us to continue this life-saving work by directly assisting clients and their children who are experiencing domestic violence.

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Safety Planning

WHAT IS A SAFETY PLAN?
A safety plan is a set of actions that can help lower your risk of being hurt by your partner. It includes information specific to you and your life that will increase your safety at school, home, and other places that you go on a daily basis.

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