Women’s Center

The Women’s Center at SSTAR provides advocacy, counseling and crisis intervention for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse in the Greater Fall River Area.

We offer trauma-informed individual and group therapy, based in empowerment models of care. Our Domestic Violence and Crisis Intervention Specialists assist clients by providing referrals, information, and advocacy on services such as the Department of Transitional Assistance, Victim Compensation, and Address Confidentiality Program, as well as SAFELINK DV Shelter Advocacy and Housing Stabilization Programs.

SSTAR Women’s Center SAFEPLAN advocates, located in the Fall River District and Probate Courts, provide legal advocacy, including assistance with pro se documents, safety assessments, personalized safety plans and information regarding 209A and 258E (Restraining and No Harassment) Orders.

SSTAR Civilian Police Advocates, working out of the Fall River, Swansea, Somerset and Westport Police Departments, provide outreach to all victims identified through emergency calls to the police. These advocates offer crisis intervention, safety planning, court accompaniment and other support services to victims, as well as serve as liaisons between victims of domestic violence and the police departments.

SSTAR Women’s Center advocates attend the Bristol County District Attorney’s High at Risk Team to assist in identifying serial perpetrators to be held accountable. Our advocates also sit on the Department of Children and Families monthly Domestic Violence Consultation Group, offering education and resources for DCF providers. We also offer a monthly legal clinic in conjunction with South Coastal Counties Legal Service and The Victim Rights Law Center. We provide outreach, education, and training on domestic violence to community service organizations, businesses, and the residents of the Greater Fall River Area.

Women’s Center Response to COVID-19

Our services include:

  • Individual Counseling
  • SAFEPLAN/Court Advocacy
  • Educational Trainings
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Group Counseling
  • Information & Referrals
  • Walk-in Services
  • Speaker’s Bureau
  • Professional Training
  • Free Babysitting while receiving services

Individual counseling is offered.  Advocacy and a SAFEPLAN Advocate are available 8:30am to 4:30pm.

All victims of domestic violence are eligible for our services. Most insurance plans are accepted, and services are available free of charge for those individuals who do not have insurance or an ability to pay.

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Additional Women’s Center Info

Since 1977, the Women’s Center program has been meeting the special needs of survivors of domestic violence and their children. We are committed to advocating for survivors in their quest to live their lives productively and free from violence, both in our daily work and through our local, regional, statewide and international community.

Domestic violence, sexual assault and other traumas become major familial and systemic issues. We work with families at high risk by offering a wide range of specific services to improve the entire family environment and the next generation of children. We work with faith-based communities, police, courts, parenting programs, schools, health care and other social service agencies in addressing issues concerning not only the victims, but the perpetrators of domestic violence.

Since the official inception of the Southeast Regional Collaborative in 2006, we have begun a formalized process of cooperation and networking. As one voice for the Greater Fall River area, as well as all of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and through our membership in the statewide Jane Doe Coalition, we have a well- defined presence in regional and state government to deal with legislative priorities, funding and policy making.

Babysitting is available while survivors attend our services. We maintain a 24-hour hotline.

A member of the Greater Fall River Domestic Violence Coalition, the Women’s Center is the identified program in the area to provide prevention services and trainings to local hospitals, police stations and social service and educational institutions. For the past several years, Women Center staff have served on Department of Social Services teams and have been leaders in the state in creating two “Best Practices” series for domestic violence providers and child welfare agencies. Staff also provide clinical supervision to the state-certified Batterer’s Intervention Program at SSTAR.

In 1999, the Women’s Center Director was selected to participate in “Justice Across the Atlantic,” an exchange program between the United States and the Azorean Government in Portugal to address the many practices and challenges that arise in the domestic violence field. Another staff member with over 25 years of experience in the domestic violence field has been providing annual trainings for the past eight years on the topic of “Domestic Violence and Post Traumatic Stress” for members of the Kahnawake Reservation in Quebec Province, Canada.

Masks We Wear Book

This deeply moving and beautifully photographed book is a compilation of masks and narratives created by women survivors of domestic violence.

Their hearts and voices can be seen and heard throughout these pages. Their pain, their struggles, and their ultimate freedom are borne within these narratives and poetic masks…. read more



Women’s Center at SSTAR & Key Club at Diman Regional Vocational Technical Highschool

The Key Club at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School stuffed string backpacks with personal care items for clients of the Women’s Center at SSTAR. Pictured are members of the club with Women’s Center Staff (Marybeth Truran, Director and Jeanny Lugo, SAFEPLAN Advocate). Thank you to the students of the Key Club who demonstrate the true spirit of the season!