SET SAIL ON A LUNCHEON CRUISE with Independence House on the S.S. Lobster Roll August 4, 2018

Please  join Independence House for the 4th annual Lobster Roll Luncheon Cruise on  the S.S. Lobster Roll out of Sesuit Harbor in Dennis. The cruise takes place on Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 pm. (boarding promptly at 1:40 pm).
Seating on the S.S. Lobster Roll is limited so get tickets now !

Tickets: $43, includes parking at Sesuit Harbor, your choice of Overstuffed Lobster Roll, Chicken Caesar Salad, Roast Beef Rollup or Vegetarian Rollup, enjoyable entertainment by  Mary and Ron Larrivee of  Cape and Islands Entertainment, and a fantastic view!    (Cash bar on-board).   RESERVE NOW !

It's a calendar raffle- ALL MONTH LONG in July!  Do you have your calendar yet?  There's still time. 

Independence House is giving away 31 prizes, one on each day of the month in July. The "Seas the Day Holidays in July" calendar raffle was made possible thanks to many businesses donating exceptional items that range from a dessert pie from Centerville Pie Company to gift certificates from numerous restaurants with values that range up to $150, to spa and yoga services, beautiful pottery pieces and Heritage Adventure Park climbing passes. To make things even more exciting, Independence House has added giveaways for their upcoming Elton John Tribute Concert in October and some of their signature Independence House Cape Cod Coffee and Mugs.  There's more along with a chance to win 4 Red Sox tickets and a pair of New England Patriots tickets.
The Seas the Day Calendar Raffle is just $10 per calendar entry, and while the winners have begun being chosen each day, there are still almost 3 weeks of prizes to give away and calendars can be purchased for entries throughout the month of July. Visit https://indhouse.ejoinme.org/calendar for a full view of the calendar and prizes, and to purchase securely online.  Calendars can also be purchased during business hours at the Hyannis Independence House office at 160 Bassett Lane. 

4th Annual Independence House Open Charity Golf Tournament on August 13, 2018

Please join Independence House for the  4th Annual "Independence House Open  Charity Golf Tournament"  to take place on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the Hyannis Golf Club.

Your participation in the tournament helps Independence House provide free and confidential services to children, teens, adults and the later-in-life community who have been impacted by domestic or sexual violence and live on Cape Cod.

The tournament is seeking sponsors, hole sponsors, golfers, and auction items to make this event a success again this year. Your support is greatly appreciated. 
Download a registration brochure .     
Register online
Click here to view all our hole sponsors to date.
Thanks to our current major sponsors to date: 


DPH Commissioner pays visit to Independence House Emergency Residence and children's room receives gifts from May Institute
Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health was welcomed for a
visit at the Independence House Emergency Residence on Cape Cod recently.  The visit included a tour of the facility, and discussion  about the programs in place for adults and children who are residents.  Shown here, in the new children's activity and learning center room (photo left) and viewing some of the equipment of the residence (photo right).  

The children's room was most recently outfitted with a rolling library cart, activities table, double computer desk station and carpet with much thanks to the staff at the May Institute who provided these items for the room as part of their employee's Diversity and Inclusion Council's Helping Hands, Open Arms Campaign.

Independence House retreats for reflection, sharing and self care
On June 20th, all staff members of Independence House joined together for a day of appreciation and an opportunity to connect with each other, rejuvenate our bodies, spirits and minds, and share with each other the joy in the work we do.  At this year's annual retreat, we  welcomed a dynamic facilitator, Julie McGrath of the Joy Source who helped focus our thoughts and energies on how to be self-empowered to live our best lives. Photo highlights: 


Independence House is hosting an International Festival on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 1:00-8:00pm on the Hyannis Green.  The intercultural community is invited to attend and enjoy this free event.
A variety of non-profit tables will also be set up to answer questions about the services they provide. 

SAVE THE DATE:  OCTOBER 20, 2018- PREVENTION CONFERENCE:  #SoMuchAbuse: Let's End it Together
DOWNLOAD CONFERENCE FLYER    If you would like to be part of spreading the word, please contact Chris Morin at chrism@indhouse.net or call 508.771.6507 x230.

Save the date and get tickets early for Captain Fantastic-The Magic of Elton John to benefit Independence House and Cape Cod Synagogue. 

Independence House, Inc. and the Cape Cod Synagogue are joining together for a 2 nd year in a collaborative fundraiser that benefits both organizations.

Mark your calendars for a fun-filled evening as Captain Fantastic entertains us in an Elton John tribute concert, with special guest appearances by Billy Joel tribute, Jimmy Buffet tribute, the Rascal Flats tribute and more...

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where:  Barnstable Performing Arts Center

$25 per person advanced purchase
$20 per person for groups of 10 or more.
$30 per person at the door

Tickets available online at https://eltonjohntribute.brownpapertickets.com /

Sponsor opportunities and program advertisement space is available. 
Download sponsor packet.  
Contact Donna  donnag@indhouse.net   or call 508-771-6507 x221.

Thank you to our sponsors to date: 

We've Got Coffee and Mugs! 

Purchase for yourself or give a special gift to someone you care about and help support survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence on Cape Cod. 

Independence House Coffee is a special blend of Cape Cod Coffee® that is a medium to full body blend with beans from Central and South America.

Independence  House  large artisan mugs are specially created by  Barn Hill Pottery of Chatham and carries the sunburst of the Independence House logo depicting the movement from darkness to the light, along with a silhouette of Cape Cod, representing the 15 towns of which Independence House offers its important programs and services.  

100% of the proceeds from sales support safety, justice and healing for survivors of domestic and sexual violence by helping to supplement programs and services at Independence House. 

How to purchase: 

Pur chases can be made online at: indhouse.ejoinme.org/coffee   or at the Independence House Hyannis office.  Online purchases will be available for pickup at our Hyannis office, or stop by Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm at 160 Bassett Lane in Hyannis.

Do you have a restaurant or retail location and would like to sell Independence House coffee?  Contact us and we'll show you how.  For any questions about purchasing coffee and mugs, contact Donna at donnag@indhouse.net or call 508-771-6507 x221.

Save the Dates:  Please mark your calendars and join Independence House throughout the year

July 23-29:  Barnstable County Fair. Independence House will be in the Community Building at the fair (the first building on your left as you enter the fair).  Art projects and engaging activities will be available for those who want to know a little more about Independence House  Stop by to play a game and say hello. 
August 4: Lobster Roll Luncheon Cruise on the S. S. Lobster Roll out of Sesuit Harbor. Enjoy an afternoon cruise on Cape Cod Bay with the best lobster roll around.  Get your tickets now .
August 13: 4th Annual Independence House Open Charity Golf Tournament.  12:30 shotgun start at Hyannis Golf Club. Dinner, Silent Auction.
August 16:  Provincetown Carnival Parade. Look for the Independence House float!. This year's theme: Mardi Gras by the Sea.
August 19: Falmouth Road Race. Please support the efforts of the 16 runners that make up Team Independence House in the 2018 race.  Team Donation Pages.
October 4: The 18th Annual Independence House Domestic Violence Awareness Month Community Breakfast.  DoubleTree by Hilton in Hyannis, 8:00-10:00am.
October 20:  Independence House Prevention Conference. Location: Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. 9:00am-5:00pm.
October 20: Captain Fantastic: Elton John Tribute Concert.   Independence House and the Cape Cod Synagogue are teaming up again for a joint fundraiser. Location:Barnstable Performing Arts Center. 7:00pm.
December 1:  Teddy Bear Breakfast, Clancy's Restaurant in Dennisport. 10:00am-12:00pm.

New Independence House Teen Website Launched

The  Independence House Teen Website has a new look and feel that TEENS LOVE!  The website includes a confidential chat messenger available Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm with a  domestic and sexual violence teen counselor to assist with questions about intimate dating partner relationships, family relationship concerns, and any form of abuse they are troubled with, including if they know a friend who may be experiencing difficulty or is in an abusive relationship and would like to help. The teen website can be accessed by visiting https://independencehouseteens.org (or) https://IHteens.org. Teens can also text directly on their phone to a counselor during business hours at 508-375-5144 or if they prefer to speak to a live person at anytime, a counselor is always on  our 24-hour hotline at 800-439-6507.

Independence House immediate need WISH LIST
Can you help? 
Emergency Residence: Our emergency residence is in need of summer outdoor games for the children who reside at the facility.  We wish for garden  hoses and sprinklers and other outdoor water games.  
The Orleans Office:   The Fisher Price Lovin' Family Doll House with Families.
Hyannis Office Food Pantry:  Culturally diverse non-perishable food items.

Annual Back Pack Drive:  We are actively seeking NEW  Backpacks, pens, pencils, glue sticks, paper, notebooks, rulers, crayons, erasers, dry erase markers, Kleenex, and other school supplies to outfit children who are clients of Independence House or children of clients, and who have economic restrictions. To ensure that items are distributed in a timely manner before school starts, we ask that all backpack drive donations be dropped off to the Hyannis Independence House office (160 Bassett Lane) by the 2nd week of August. 

Email any questions to: donnag@indhouse.net . or call 508.771.6507 x221. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Independence House Men's Initiative
White Ribbon Day offers a statewide framework for local programs to engage their community in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence.  For the past six years, Independence House has co-sponsored a White Ribbon Day event with the District Attorney's Office and the Yarmouth Police Department.  Each year, between 80 and 100 men come together to take the pledge: "From this day forward, I promise to be part of the solution in ending violence against women."
Independence House is organizing a Men's Initiative, which is a monthly forum for male identified individuals to promote positive masculinity, safety and health in men's lives and is grounded in our interest to keep the pledge alive from year to year. It also provides a safe place for dialogue about the issues, programs and practices that foster positive changes in men and boys, changes that counteract the social norms of showing no emotion, being in control at all times and being part of a culture that accepts sexual harassment and rape.
Independence House has taken the step to reach out specifically to men and boys in our community and ask the question, "what can be done to prevent intimate partner violence and sexual assault?" The creative thinking and commitment to this work benefits everyone in our community and beyond. By changing the dialogue around gender-based violence, Independence House is contributing to a global movement that aims at reevaluating gender roles, and finally ending the cycle of violence.
If you are interested in changing the dialogue and being part of the solution in ending violence against women, please join the Men's Initiative.  Please send your contact information to Chris Morin at chrism@indhouse.net.  You will receive an email as to the date and time of our planned meeting.

Groups and Counseling in the Community

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP- HYANNIS  i s an 8 week group providing a safe place for female survivors who have been affected by domestic violence. The group will contain both psycho-education as well as an opportunity to process emotions. Group topics will include understanding domestic violence, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, anger, self-esteem, stress and coping, as well as coping skills and gratitude. Group meets on Thursday evenings from 5:00-6:00 PM at the Hyannis office starting July 12th. Contact Alyssa at  alyssaf@indhouse.net  or Molly at  mollym@indhouse.net508-771-6507 ext. 242 or ext. 229 for more information or to complete an intake. Childcare is provided.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP- FALMOUTH is a 6 week group that provides a safe space for adult women survivors to talk about their experiences and learn about how their lives have been impacted by domestic violence in order to begin the healing process and move from surviving to thriving. The group will explore dynamics of abuse, effects on other family members, safe coping skills, and self-care. The group welcomes any survivors whether your abuse is current or in the past, as this is a space for everyone to heal. The group will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00 PM at the Falmouth office starting August 9th. If you are interested in attending the group, or learning more about it please contact Freddi 508-771-6507 ext. 241 or freddic@indhouse.net.     
SUMMER LIFE SKILLS SERIES- ORLEANS includes 5 short workshops helping adults improve upon daily living skills. The workshops will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:00 PM at the Orleans office. The workshops are scheduled as follows:
July 24th - My Life Map
July 31st - Resume Overhaul
August 8th - Money Management
August 14th - Stress Reduction
August 21st - Self-Care
Please contact Stella or Jocelyn at 508-771-6507 ext. 271 or ext. 270 to participate or schedule an intake.
HEALING THROUGH CREATIVE EXPRESSION- HYANNIS  is a once a month workshop which promotes and enhances physical, emotional and mental health by using creative expression. Creative expression can help decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress while increasing self-awareness and self-esteem. As survivors of both domestic and sexual violence, creative expression can help clients understand their thoughts and feelings and provide new and healthy outlets for processing emotions. Groups will be offered once per month on  the first Thursday of each month from 5:00-6:30 PM in the Hyannis office. Intakes are required a week prior to group attendance. Please contact Katia at  katiad@indhouse.net508-771-6507 ext. 243 for more information or to schedule and intake.
FUN STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR KIDS- HYANNIS  is a 6 week group geared toward children ages 7-10 who have been impacted by domestic violence. The group will focus on coping skills and stress management. Using arts and crafts, kids will create their own fun, stress-relieving tools. Groups will be held Wednesday evenings from 5:00-6:00 PM at the Hyannis office. The group will run from July 18 th through August 29 th (*Note: no groups held 7/25 or 8/1). Parent/Guardian consent will be needed to participate in the group. If a child is not a current client of Independence House, an intake must be completed one week prior to group attendance. Please contact Jocelyn at 508-771-6507 ext. 270 to participate or schedule an intake.
All groups are offered free of charge and are confidential
  • Independence House counselors provide weekly individualized counseling for those requesting services and are residents of Gosnold's Emerson House. 
  • Independence House counselors are currently providing a seeking safety group for residents of Angel House. 
  • Independence House continues its ongoing services and groups for women at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility and the Barnstable County Community Corrections Center.
  • An Independence House counselor is available at the following locations once a month to speak confidentially and in a private setting about any form of abuse they might be experiencing and to receive information and resources. 
       * Mashpee Senior Center, 2nd Wednesday of every month from 10:00am-12:00pm. 
       * Health Imperatives, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 2:00-4:00pm
24-HOUR HOTLINE: 800-439-6507 

For appointments, please call Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm:

MAIN OFFICE, HYANNIS:  160 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601
Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday 9am-5pm.  Walk-ins welcome. 

Other locations: 
FALMOUTH: 220 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Falmouth, MA 02540 
(Mon 9am-5pm, Tue 9am-7pm, Wed 9am-12pm or by appointment, Thu 9am-7pm,   Fri 9am-5pm, walk ins welcome)
ORLEANS: 5 Namskaket Rd. Unit 1, Orleans, MA 02653
(Mon 9am-5pm, Tue 11am-7pm, Wed 9-11am and afternoons by appointment, Thu 11am-7pm, Fri 9am-5pm)
PROVINCETOWN: 2 Mayflower Ct., Provincetown, MA 02657 (Thursday by appointment)
To assist with 209A abuse prevention orders and 258E harassment prevention orders, Independence House SAFEPLAN Advocates are available in ALL Cape Cod District and Probate Court Houses during normal court business hours. 
FALMOUTH DISTRICT COURT: 161 Jones Ave, Falmouth
ORLEANS DISTRICT COURT: 237 Rock Harbor Rd., Orleans
BARNSTABLE DISTRICT AND PROBATE COURT: 3195 Main (Court Complex), Barnstable
An Independence House Domestic Violence Advocate  is available at  :
FALMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT: Mon, Tues, Wed 8am-4pm 774-255-4527 x4550

Independence House is a
long standing
member of  Jane Doe, Inc.

Independence House is a 2018 community grant recipient

Independence House is a 2017 prevention grant recipient