• Domestic Violence Isn't Always Obvious

    Domestic Violence Isn't Always Obvious

    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time to educate the community about abuse and come together to say “no more” to domestic violence. We’ve re-launched our Hidden Meanings campaign with a new look, shedding light on subtle tactics abusers use to gain power and control. This month, you will hear survivor stories on social media, hear radio public service announcements, and see billboards and ads displayed across Rhode Island. We invite you to follow us on social media and attend numerous DVAM events throughout the state.
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  • Our 2019 Legislative Recap

    Our 2019 Legislative Recap

    Our top priority bill was signed into law! Survivors of domestic violence can now include all their children in Family Court restraining orders. Our achievements this legislative session would not have been possible without the work of our supporters. Visit our policy page for a recap of our victories and the work still ahead, as we reflect on the successes and milestones of our 2019 legislative session.
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  • Calling Men In

    Calling Men In

    We call on men to help create a future without violence. Most men are not violent, but the majority of intimate partner violence is perpetrated by men. Oftentimes, men stay silent in the face of other men’s violence. We need men to speak out, speak up, and challenge the harmful gender norms that allow abuse to go unchecked in our communities!
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  • Prevention is Possible

    Prevention is Possible

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, domestic violence is preventable. We can stop violence before it happens in the first place, before people ever become victims or perpetrators of abuse. To learn more, check out this prevention resource created by the RICADV!
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  • No Más Silencio

    No Más Silencio

    Para acceder a nuestro sitio web en Español: www.ricadv.org/es/ayuda-y-servicios

    We engage Latino communities in Rhode Island, translating our materials and building partnerships to help end domestic violence. We strive to raise awareness about the help that is available in our state for those impacted by abuse and the ways we can all get involved to end it.

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  • Meet Tonya Harris!

    Meet Tonya Harris!

    Take a few minutes to hear the RICADV’s Executive Director, Tonya Harris, share her background and why she is passionate about the work to end domestic violence in a short video interview with our Director of Prevention and Communications, Lucy Rios.
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Latest News

Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Murder of Berta Hudson
By Tonya Harris, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

WARWICK, R.I., Aug. 25, 2019 – We write this statement with heavy hearts and devastation as we mourn the death of Berta Hudson, a 48-year-old woman of Providence, Rhode Island, who was killed by her estranged husband in broad daylight on the streets of Providence.

Berta had been visiting a relative’s home on Saturday, Aug. 24, before she was fatally shot on the street by Oscar Hudson, who later shot and killed himself, police said. The community has lost a woman whose life was stolen from her - as she visited loved ones. We are saddened and by the manner Berta was murdered, showing the abuser’s complete disregard for anyone else’s safety.

We send our deepest condolences to Berta’s family members and friends, as well as the Providence community, now facing heartache and this tragic loss of life. Berta’s loved ones will forever be affected by this tragedy involving gun violence.

There are several laws in place in Rhode Island that require criminal background checks before the purchase of a gun, and the surrendering of firearms when a person is convicted of a domestic violence crime. The presence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation makes a homicide five times more likely. We must do all we can to ensure guns do not reach the hands of abusers in the first place, and stay out of their possession.

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Communications Center

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month +

    We conduct statewide public awareness campaigns each October during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to help keep the issue of domestic violence visible, provide information about community resources, and engage Rhode Islanders in our mission to end abuse.
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  • Online Guide for Journalists +

    We work with the Rhode Island media to ensure that press coverage on domestic violence increases awareness about the issue, provides information about available resources, and engages the community to help end abuse. Visit the RICADV's Online Guide for Journalists for best practices on covering domestic violence.
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Abusive relationships impact young people, too. Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI.


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About the RICADV

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. We were formed in 1979 to support and assist the domestic violence agencies in Rhode Island. We provide leadership to our member agencies, strive to create justice for victims, and raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island.

Member Agencies

Our network of member agencies provides comprehensive emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Services include 24-hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system. For more information, call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100 or click here.

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422 Post Road, Suite 102
Warwick, RI 02888-1539

T (401) 467-9940

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