Women’s Center

The Women’s Center assists survivors of abuse, while working to reduce domestic and sexual violence in our community

The Women’s Center provides advocacy, counseling, and crisis-intervention for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. We collaborate within the community to provide comprehensive supports for individuals and families. We improve community response and understanding of interpersonal violence by offering training, consultation, and education.


Our 24-hour HelpLine (508-675-0087) provides assistance with safety-planning, supportive-counseling, and crisis-intervention for domestic violence. We offer advocacy services at our main office, as well as at the Fall River Police Department and both Fall River courts. We provide outreach and safety planning for victims, assist with restraining order applications, and provide comprehensive referrals for services that increase security and stability. We offer free, confidential, services for people of all genders and backgrounds.


We offer individual and group counseling, based on client-centered empowerment models of care. Our counselors specialize in trauma-informed therapies with expertise in healing the impacts of domestic and sexual violence. We provide care with the highest levels of confidentiality and respect for each person’s unique needs.

Working for Change

We work to uncover and overturn the intersection of individual and systematic forms of violence. We support anti-violence, anti-oppression work that seeks to improve opportunities for individuals and the overall wellbeing of our community.

Contact info:

24-hour Helpline: 508-675-0087

Marybeth Truran, Director

Phone number: 508-567-9594

Email: [email protected]

Women’s Center at SSTAR programs are supported, in part, by the following: The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance through a Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and/or funding from grants of the state administered SAFEPLAN program; The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, through the Department of Public Health, Community-based Domestic Violence Programs; and the Greater Fall River United Way. The Women’s Center is also a member program of Jane Doe Inc, the Massachusetts Domestic Violence Coalition.



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