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.
24-hour Helpline: 508-675-0087
Beth LeComte, LICSW, Director
Phone number: 508-235-7016
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.
Do I have to pay for your services?
We provide assistance regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. We will work to help you increase your financial security and independence, by ensuring you are receiving all the supports you are entitled to receive.
Do you offer services in languages other than English?
Our staff offer services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. We also provide translation supports for ASL and many other languages.
I don’t believe my partner is abusive, but others tell me I need DV counseling. Why should I call you?
We are committed to helping you determine what is true and healthy for you. You don’t have to believe your partner is abusive, you don’t have to want to leave. You only need the desire to improve your life and learn more about healthy relationships.
I believe my child is in an abusive relationship. Can you help me? How do I get them services?
We also offer advocacy and counseling supports for family members. It can be beneficial to speak with a counselor about your concerns for your child, explore which responses are often counter-productive or helpful, and what safety-planning assistance you may need.
I’m struggling with maintaining my sobriety. But sometimes I’m so worried and frightened by my partner, nothing else seems to matter. What should I do?
Our crisis intervention staff have experience working with both trauma and substance use. They will help guide you to the services that can provide you with the best supports. Every situation is unique, every person deserves an individual response.
I’m cautious about working with providers. In the past I’ve felt disrespected, as if the staff didn’t understand me or care to figure it out. How can I know you won’t do that?
We are dedicated to providing culturally-competent services, with the intention of providing high-quality care for all people. We recognize the important links between intimate and communal violence. We are committed to offering services that address all levels of violence, oppression, and objectification. We understand this work requires humility, mindfulness, and a willingness to continually question our assumptions and remain open to dialogue.
Do you have a domestic violence shelter? How can I find emergency shelter?
We do not run a domestic violence shelter, but work with SAFELINK (877-785-2020) the Massachusetts Statewide Domestic Violence Shelter Hotline to assist individuals and families in need of confidential emergency shelter. We also work with SSTAR OTC to assist survivors in need of inpatient detox services. We have partnered with the Greater Fall River United Way to locate emergency SafeHome services for those at high risk for harm.
What is the Empowerment Model?
The Empowerment Model is a philosophy that accepts every individual as the expert for their own life. We believe that every person knows their own needs and experiences best. We help you trust yourself, state what you need, and find the strength to claim it. We don’t tell you what to do, but help you find the courage to live fully.
I would like to thank every staff member. They were all extremely helpful and supportive. I’ve never been to a program where every member of the staff had an impact on my life until now. Thank you so much!–
Thank you to Theresa, Shea, Julie, dr.k, and marry, you guys have made a huge impact on my life and I deeply appreciate that, thank you so much for being here for us to help improve our lives and emotions!–
Well everyone. I’ve been at this for a while and so have many. Ya get used to getting let down. N that was my story, just get used to getting let down. But they restored my hope in professional psychiatric help. Theresa, Doreen, Julie, Becky, Mary, and everyone else are 1000% all in and are very sophisticated in their approach.–
Thank you to the entire fourth floor employees here at star in the partial hospitalization program they are all amazing! My second time here and they really have helped me Thank you so much–
Thank you for everything that you have helped me deal with in my life I feel this program has given me a better perspective on my emotional state and the actions that are/nor followed by them I would recommend this program highly for people struggling w/maintenance of mental stability and their barriers that come between their success.–
News & Updates
Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, Inc. (“SSTAR”) Notice of Data Security Incident
November Vax Clinics
Following are the Fall River clinics offering the $75 incentive for 1st, 2nd and boosters. Incentive is running now through end of December for MA residents only and while supplies last.
To be trained on how to save a life and prevent an overdose contact FR-CARA Program Coordinator Stephanie Barboza at (508)816-2958 or [email protected]
September Employee of The Month
We are excited to announce that John Keezer and Theresa Hirst are the September Employees of the Month.