Victims' Assistance Program The Rhode Island State Police has implemented a Victims' Assistance Program to further enhance the Division's efforts and response when dealing with victims/witnesses of crimes or traumatic incidents. The main focus of this program is to provide a trained Victims' Assistance Provider who will assist victims/witnesses during the period immediately following the incident. The Victims' Assistance Provider will focus solely on the victims'/witnesses' needs to help the process in determining the necessary and most-appropriate follow-up/ referrals for further assistance. The Victims' Assistance Provider will be available during both regular business hours and on an on-call basis. The provider can assist both adult and child victims/witnesses of crime. The following services can be provided: Crisis Counseling Follow-up Contact/Updates on Investigation Therapy Group Treatment Finding a Shelter or Safe House Information and Referral Criminal Justice Support/Advocacy Emergency Financial Assistance to Meet Basic Security and Safety Needs Emergency Legal Advocacy Assistance with registering for the Victims Assistance Portal Victim Compensation Funds Personal Advocacy The Victims' Assistance Provider assigned to the Division is Paola Velez from Family Service of Rhode Island. Contact information for Ms. Velez is as follows: Phone: (401) 764-5719 Email address: Paola.Velez@risp.gov Rhode Island State Police Headquarters 311 Danielson Pike North Scituate, RI 02857 If you are a victim of crime or a witness to a crime please contact Ms. Velez, our Victims' Services Provider, so that we can help you get access to the services you need.