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About the Agency

Mission Statement 

Our mission is to end the perpetration and societal tolerance of interpersonal violence, including all forms of domestic and sexual abuse, and until that is achieved, to provide comprehensive services to victims and education in the community.

Vision Statement

Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center is an essential community agency providing a comprehensive approach to ending domestic violence while supporting victims and the greater community through education, advocacy and therapeutic services.


EBCC is dedicated to being a safe, inclusive place where all are accepted without judgement.  The agency utilizes a trauma-informed approach to ensure all services empower victims and survivors while maintaining confidentiality. 

Our Services

At The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, we offer a range of services to support individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Our agency provides Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Permanent Supportive Housing, Crisis Mental Health Counseling, Support Group, Psychoeducational Groups, Crisis Case Management, Law Enforcement Advocacy, Court Advocacy, and Educational Trainings.

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The History of Our Agency

The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center was founded in 1979 as the Elizabeth Buffum Chace House.  This was a Community Improvement Project of the G.F.W.C. Warwick Junior Women’s Club with the intent of providing immediate, temporary shelter and support services for women and children in crisis due to domestic violence. Original services, which continue through the present time, included the crisis hotline and the safe shelter. Over the years, new services were added to address the needs of women who are unable or not ready to seek shelter, and to include men who are victims of abuse. In 2004, we opened our Community Center in Warwick to better serve community-based clients and to strengthen our work in the community.  EBCC is a member of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


We are often asked about the woman the agency is named for.  Elizabeth Buffum Chace was a prominent Rhode Islander who lived during the 1800’s. She was an influential activist dedicated to improving the lives of women and children.

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Serving individuals and families affected
by domestic violence and sexual assault.

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