Interpersonal Safety


A new national suicide prevention and mental-health crisis phone number (988) launched.

Last-reviewed: 2pm, Jan. 25, 2023

Key Resources:

The Basics

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger and/or you are having an emergency, call 911.
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal ideation, call 988, a new National Suicide Prevention hotline.
  • The 24/7 statewide helpline is 1-800-494-8100 or by visiting RICADV website using the chat option. In case of emergency, call 911.
  • Organizations are open to support individuals and families who need to engage in safety planning.
  • RICADV has this information for individuals seeking restraining orders.
  • RI recently passed new gun safety laws that ban large capacity magazines, raise the legal age to buy guns or ammunition, and prohibits the open carry of any loaded rifle or shotgun in public. Read more here.
Elder Abuse
  • General Information about elder abuse here.
  • Elder abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation reports can be made here.  Report instructions here
  • The Point provides adults 55+ with resource support. More information here.
  • RI Legal Services offers free legal support for older adults experiencing abuse. They also offer once a month a legal clinic at the Coventry Center. Appointments are required.

The Breakdown

  • 988 is a new national suicide prevention hotline. It does not replace 911 for emergencies, but rather connects people who are experiencing a mental health crisis to a counselor. FAQ here.
    • A Spanish language line is available at 1-888-628-9454.
    • TTY users dial 711  then 988 or people can use their preferred relay service.

The Bottom Line

  • Care teams can support IVP survivors by referring to additional support and providing information about their rights.

Spotlight on non-discrimination

  • IPV survivors are protected against discrimination in a number of contexts including housing, employment, healthy insurance access, and benefit access. If a person has been discriminated against on the sole basis of their IPV status, they have the right to file a complaint. Care teams can share the following resources to help people navigate the different anti-discrimination supports available in RI.