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  • Men can help build a world without violence

    Men can help build a world without violence

    This June, we invited Rhode Island men to learn more about the role they can play in preventing abuse.

    Men in our community can help build safe, healthy spaces where all of us can thrive. Our 2021 public awareness campaign called men in to show up for all people, including women, in positive ways.

    Learn more about our recent campaign by clicking the button below.
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  • Improving accessibility for all domestic violence survivors

    Improving accessibility for all domestic violence survivors

    Disability or language fluency shouldn't be a barrier to safety, which is why the RICADV and the network of member agencies have added the "Recite Me" accessibility and language toolbar to our websites to improve accessibility to domestic violence resources for all Rhode Islanders.

    Learn more about this accessibility feature by clicking the "read more" button. Read More
  • Response to COVID-19

    Response to COVID-19

    While Rhode Islanders adapt to the circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic to protect ourselves and our local communities from this virus, we at the RICADV know home is not a safe place for everyone – especially for victims of domestic violence and their children. As social distancing measures remain in effect, the RICADV and our member agencies continue to seek out ways to expand our support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. We invite you to explore our COVID-19 webpages, created with survivors in mind to bring forward the most relevant information.
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  • Learn more about TDVAPM

    Learn more about TDVAPM

    This Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAPM), we invited Rhode Island students to share what a healthy relationship means to them and submit their questions about safe and respectful dating. Creating an open space for youth, teens and young adults to learn and talk about healthy relationships is an important part of preventing teen dating violence. Through social media, we invited the community to learn more about healthy relationships, circumstances unique to LGBTQ+ relationships, digital consent and other safe dating topics.

    Visit the RICADV Teen Center to learn more about our 2021 campaign.
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Statement regarding the domestic violence murder of Kenneth McClain

By Toni Marie Gomes, executive director, Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, and Lucy Rios, deputy director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 24, 2021 – Our hearts go out to the loved ones of Kenneth McClain, 33, who was killed in a domestic violence homicide by his roommate. McClain’s life was stolen from him after he was stabbed and succumbed from his injuries, and our thoughts are with the other roommates who were present at the time of the murder and have to cope with this trauma for the rest of their lives.

McClain was killed by Marcus Huffman Jones, who has a history of domestic violence. Domestic abuse homicides are not isolated incidents, and occur after a pattern of escalating violent behaviors. Our condolences will not bring McClain back, and this loss of life affects not only McClain’s family and friends, but the entire community. Domestic abuse can and does happen in every zip code, and creates painful, long-lasting ripple effects on our state.

We are devastated by this murder and by the violence happening in Providence. Abuse and violence do not happen in a vacuum. These issues are not problems stemming from individuals. Community conditions that allow violence to thrive, including poverty and a lack of community connectedness, are some of the root causes of abuse. By investing in the social determinants of health, such as safe, affordable housing, we can better support survivors who have already experienced abuse and also create safe, supportive environments that help prevent domestic violence before it happens in the first place. To prevent domestic abuse, we must invest in our communities, many of which have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its long-lasting effects. 

The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, a RICADV member agency, has recently opened a drop-in center in Providence at 693 Broad Street to better address community needs. During a time of such loss, we want the community to know we are here and want to help. The drop-in center offers services to victims of domestic violence and their families including safety planning, support groups in English and Spanish on weekends and evenings for accessibility and a Community Action Partnership of Providence County collaboration providing resources including a food bank, assistance with rent and utilities and workforce development. Domestic violence is a community issue, and it deserves a community response.

How you can help: As relatives, friends, coworkers and neighbors, we can help keep victims and their children safe and prevent another tragedy. If you are in an abusive relationship or know someone who might be, or if you are looking for resources for a child who has witnessed domestic violence, call the Rhode Island statewide Helpline for 24-hour support and information at 800-494-8100.

Calling 911 if you suspect or witness abuse is an important step to take, but there are many other ways to help. If you know or suspect someone in your life is a victim of domestic violence, you can help that person stay safe. Listen, and express your concerns without judgment. Ask the person what you can do for them, and check in consistently. Help the person create a plan that will keep them safe when abuse occurs, and connect them with local resources. Additional information can be found at

About the BVAC: The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center has been providing services to victims of domestic violence in the Blackstone Valley area for over three decades, and now offers services in Providence. It is their voices, their struggles and their experiences, which guide our work. BVAC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education and awareness on the issue of domestic violence. Visit for more information.

About the RICADV: The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. The RICADV was formed in 1979 to support and assist the domestic violence agencies in Rhode Island. The organization provides leadership to its member agencies, strives to create justice for victims, and raises awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island. The RICADV's network of member agencies provides a wide array of services for victims, including emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system. For more information about these organizations and services, call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100.

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  • 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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Teen Center

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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