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  • Be an active bystander

    Be an active bystander

    During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) 2021 we called the community in because it’s on all of us to end domestic violence.

    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, survivors have faced heightened barriers to safety that will leave long-lasting impacts, and they need our support on their journey to healing as they rebuild their lives after abuse.

    Though DVAM has passed, you can continue to support survivors in your community by learning ways to be an active bystander. Domestic violence affects us all, and it is crucial to know the signs of abuse and learn where to get support or how to provide resources to someone experiencing dangerous situations. Together, we can create a safer Rhode Island for everyone.
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  • Voices of Change

    Voices of Change

    Community organizations led by and for people of color have been leading the way – during this time of crisis and long before – to meet the immediate needs of community members, while also organizing for long-term solutions to end violence and inequity and build a safe, just world.

    The Voices of Change video series shines a light on the organizations and communities leading transformative change efforts in our state. Through community-led and community-centered solutions, we can improve quality of life for all Rhode Islanders, support survivors of domestic and dating abuse and prevent violence before it happens in the first place. View the videos and learn more by clicking the button below. Read More
  • 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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Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence announces leadership change

By Janet Marcantonio, president, RICADV Board of Directors

WARWICK, R.I., Dec. 14, 2021 – As we prepare to close out another year of change and resilience in our state, we at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) announce a change on the horizon in our leadership. It is with both sadness and gratitude that we announce Tonya King, our executive director, will be leaving her role with us to join the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) as the Vice President of Programs and Membership in January.

We are immensely grateful for the time, energy and heart Tonya poured into her work at the RICADV the last several years. She has been a tremendous advocate for survivors and their families and all those who are the heartbeat of our state’s response to domestic violence. Tonya has been steadfast in ensuring we are centering those most impacted by abuse, and passionately raising the alarm about the urgent needs of survivors and their children. She has led with courage, compassion and kindness, and we know she will continue her tireless work for survivors as she joins the NNEDV team.

Lucy Rios, the current deputy director, will serve as interim executive director. Lucy brings 18 years of experience at the RICADV, where she has worked fiercely to support victims and their families for nearly two decades. Lucy’s wealth of knowledge about the movement to end domestic abuse, including the importance of prevention of violence before it starts, has moved the RICADV mission forward. We look forward to Lucy leading the RICADV and providing stability and continuity with passion and commitment to survivors and their families in Rhode Island.

The RICADV Board of Directors expresses its deep appreciation to Tonya for leading the RICADV and for lifting the voices of survivors in our state. We congratulate her on this new journey and are grateful that she will remain in the movement to end domestic violence.

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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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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the RICADV every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at http://smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the RICADV.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Choose the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support us. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

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.

Contact Information

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

T (401) 467-9940

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