Please join us throughout 2019 to commemorate 40 years of assisting survivors of domestic and sexual violence on Cape Cod. 

Watch the website for upcoming details of this year-long series of events. 

Please also join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Independence House Executive Director, Lysetta Hurge-Putnam who has led Independence House with her team to offer critical response programs and services that assist all gender identities, races, sexual orientations, abilities and cultures. Lysetta has guided the agency over the past 20 years to grow and collaborate with essential partners and offer resources that help Independence House assist on average, over 9,000 Cape Codders impacted by domestic and sexual violence annually.

Independence House Executive Director, Lysetta Hurge Putnam.  Photo credit: Kim Roderiques Photography.

  • The launch of a Cape-wide, 40-site, year-long tour of the Independence House Silent Witness and Clothesline Project exhibits as we honor survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Tea by the Sea
  • Volunteer Recognition
  • June 19: An Intimate Conversation with Drea Kelly, survivor, dancer, choreographer, actress and ex-wife of singer R. Kelly, in collaboration with the NAACP, Cape Cod.
  • Bowl with us and help Strike out Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • August 3:  Independence House 2nd Annual International Festival
  • 5th Annual Independence House Charity Open Golf Tournament
  • August 18 “Team Independence House” in the Falmouth Road Race
  • August 22: Cheer on the Independence House float in the Provincetown Carnival Parade




  • October 4: 18th Annual Independence House Domestic Violence Awareness Month Community Breakfast with Patricia McLean, Survivor, Photo-Journalist and ex-wife of singer Don McLean bringing her nationally acclaimed Finding Our Voices Project to Cape Cod. 
  • 3rd Annual Collaborative Benefit Concert with Cape Cod Synagogue
  • November 16: The Independence House 40th Commemorative Gala
  • The 5th Annual Teddy Bear Breakfast hosted by Clancy’s restaurant for Independence House

AND…Our Year-long Town Packages Raffle and Cape Associates Playhouse Raffle

Help Cape Cod Survivors live free from domestic and sexual violence. Your generosity might be helping a colleague, a family member, a neighbor or a friend. Become a 40th supporter or sponsor to one or many of our year-long events. Contact Director of Development & Marketing, Donna Giberti for details. Call 508-771-6507x221 or email 

Independence House is Cape Cod’s leading resource, counseling and advocacy center to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence.  Independence House serves residents of all 15 towns on Cape Cod with four offices (Hyannis, Falmouth, Orleans, Provincetown), in all District and Probate Courthouses (Falmouth, Hyannis, Orleans), assists sexual violence victims at Cape Cod and Falmouth Hospitals, facilitates prevention curriculums and programs to nine Cape Cod High Schools, and operates a confidential 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter.

160 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601  |  24 hour hotline: 800-439-6507  |  office: 508-771-6507

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