Cape Cod’s leading resource, counseling, and advocacy center to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence.
Promoting safe and healthy relationships
COVID-19 (coronavirus) Response
For over 40 years, Independence House has provided effective leadership and response for the well-being and needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors on Cape Cod. In this current climate of uncertainty due to the coronavirus, the health and safety of survivors remains paramount, and Independence House continues to be a resource for those who need us. Our 24-hour hotline is always open and counselors are accommodating communication and scheduled sessions with clients by phone. If you wish to be in contact with a domestic or sexual violence counselor, please call our hotline at 800-439-6507.
24-Hour Hotline: 800-439-6507
A life free from violence can begin here.
Programs and Services to assist survivors of domestic and sexual violence
Independence House is the only comprehensive community-based organization on Cape Cod providing free and confidential specialized services and widespread programs for children (ages 5+), teens, adults and the later-in-life community who are survivors of, or impacted by domestic or sexual violence. All Independence House staff meet the statutory requirements of The Massachusetts General Laws (MGL Chapter 233, Sections 20J and 20K).
For over 40 years, Independence House, Inc. has been sharing knowledge and skills with survivors in order for them to regain self-confidence, make informed decisions and initiate changes in their lives in order to live empowered, independently, and free from violence.
Independence House has been a consistent and continuous leader in increasing safety options for adult and children survivors of domestic and sexual violence; increasing knowledge and awareness about domestic and sexual violence prevention; elevating and improving Cape Cod’s response to domestic and sexual violence; and actively engaging with the community to end domestic and sexual violence.
Individual counseling, advocacy and groups for survivors, and secondary survivors of intimate partner violence.
Individual counseling, advocacy and groups for children ages 5-12 who witness intimate partner violence.
Individual counseling, advocacy, education and groups for adolescents ages 13-17 affected by intimate partner violence, including sexual violence.
Creating a culture free from intimate partner violence through primary prevention practices.
Preventing or responding to domestic and sexual violence through trainings, workshops; building knowledge about domestic and sexual violence and explaining agency services.
Independence House offers survivor services to individuals, families, close friends, neighbors, schoolmates, or members of the community affected by any homicide including vehicular homicide.
Our 24/7/365 culturally and linguistically appropriate, inclusive and accessible emergency domestic and sexual violence residence.
Individual counseling, advocacy and groups for survivors and secondary survivors of rape, incest, stalking, sexual harassment, molestation, childhood sexual assault, intimate partner sexual abuse.
Individual counseling for children ages 5+ who have been sexually abused, including both touching and non-touching sexual activity between an adult and a minor child.
Support and advocacy for sexual violence survivors at both Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals and all 15 police departments on Cape Cod.
Providing assistance and support in applying for an abuse prevention order (209A) or harassment order (258E) in probate and district courts.
Stable housing and supportive services for families affected by domestic violence who are not in immediate crisis.
For the convenience of our clients we provide trauma informed childcare to support survivors who are attending Independence House activities.
Where we are located
160 Bassett Lane
HYannis, MA 02601
220 Main St. 2nd fl. Suite 200
Falmouth, MA 02540
(near Falmouth Library)
(parking available in rear)
Mon & Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Tues. & Thurs. 9:00am-7:00pm
5 Namskaket Rd. Unit 1
(enter on Child’s Homestead)
Orleans, MA 02653
Mon & Fri 9:00am-5:00pm
Tues. & Thurs. 11:00am-7:00pm
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Lives empowered and well being restored
Independence House is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation and your contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent the law allows.
Your generous donations help us provide free and confidential services for members of our community on Cape Cod who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of others.” – Anonymous
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
Become an Independence House Volunteer
Independence House volunteers are special people who give care and attention to survivors and their children who are faced with the personal crisis of domestic and sexual violence.
Volunteers are screened and take part in an extensive 45-50 hour training program as well as receive regular professional development training and attend regularly scheduled meetings..
Volunteer opportunities are available in all Independence House locations and include medical and police accompaniment for sexual assault survivors, childcare while a parent is attending Independence House activities, hotline assistance, emergency residence assistance, safe-homing, fundraising and administrative assistance. Learn more