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The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Celebrates 35 Years of Progress in the Movement to End Domestic Violence

Lisa Leslie, WNBA star, four-time Olympic gold medalist, and supporter of the national NO MORE campaign against domestic violence, joins the RICADV for a celebratory luncheon and VIP reception

Dave's Marketplace leads the RI business community as a champion sponsor of the RICADV's work to end domestic violence

[PROVIDENCE - August 4, 2014] This year, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) celebrates 35 years of progress and leadership in the movement to end domestic violence. The statewide nonprofit will hold its anniversary celebration on Thursday, October 9, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, hosted by Dan Jaehnig, WJAR NBC 10 News, and featuring special guest Lisa Leslie, WNBA legend, multiple MVP honoree, four-time Olympic gold medalist and supporter of the national NO MORE campaign against domestic violence.

"We are thrilled to have Lisa Leslie joining us as our guest of honor for this celebration. Lisa believes in supporting young women in sports because getting involved in athletics can encourage them to make healthy choices and can foster their future health and success. We know that engaging in sports often increases self-esteem, enhances social support networks and cultivates healthy lifestyles, decreasing some of the risk factors for domestic violence. We cannot wait to meet Lisa Leslie, an amazing role model not only for youth but for people of all ages. We invite Rhode Islanders to join us on this special day," said Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the RICADV.

For decades, the RICADV has been a leader in the movement to end domestic violence, with its six local member agencies serving approximately 10,000 victims of domestic abuse every year and providing prevention and education services to about 9,000 youth annually. As the movement continues to evolve, advocates now know that domestic violence is a preventable public health issue – but ending domestic violence will take community involvement.

The RICADV hopes that both individuals and organizations will join in this milestone celebration and is grateful for the generous support of business partners such as Dave's Marketplace, the event's Champion Sponsor, and others such as the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, Alex and Ani Charity By Design, and Nixon Peabody.

"Dave's Marketplace has supported the vital work of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence throughout the years and we are delighted to join them in celebrating this significant milestone. Healthy families and communities are the core values of both of our organizations and we look forward to partnering with them as we continue to move the work forward in realizing that goal," said Renee Hughes, Community Relations Director for Dave's Marketplace.

"We are very proud of the strides we've made over recent decades to protect victims and hold abusers accountable," DeBare said. "We hope that community members will join us in celebrating how far we've come and signaling our vision for the future, where our families no longer suffer and our communities are safe."

Those interested can get involved by purchasing tickets to the event, ad space in the event program book, or both. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to make a donation to sponsor the attendance of a survivor. Corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information about tickets, sponsorship, and program advertisement, visit or contact Zulma Garcia, RICADV, at 401-467-9940 or 




Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Receives Best Practices Communications Award



[Providence, RI – June 6, 2014] The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) on Wednesday received the Rhode Island Foundation's Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence Communications Award for the "KNOW MORE" public awareness and education campaign, which uses traditional and new media strategies to target specialized populations including men, youth, and the Latino community.

"We are excited to receive this recognition; raising public awareness about domestic violence, with a focus on changing social attitudes and engaging the community, is a critical part of our mission and we know that this award will help us continue leading efforts to end domestic violence. Our communication's team has done a remarkable job incorporating innovative and contemporary strategies into each facet of our work, and we know that this approach is going to make a difference in creating a better and safer Rhode Island community," said Deborah DeBare, RICADV's executive director.


TEN MEN's broadcast public service announcements will air throughout the month, beginning Monday, June 9

[Providence, RI – June 6, 2014] Everyone can play a role in ending domestic violence in Rhode Island. Men can be especially effective agents of this social change. The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence will launch its Men’s Campaign the week of June 9 with its group of male allies in RI, TEN MEN, at the center.

Domestic violence is not just a women’s issue, and TEN MEN are inviting all Rhode Island men to get involved. The group’s television public service announcement will air on Cox throughout the month. The commercial features the following TEN MEN members addressing domestic violence in their respective organizations, workplaces that represent different sectors of the community and address the need for community-level, as well as individual, responses to the issue of domestic violence:

    • Jay Gotra, CEO, Alliance Security
    • John Youte, Director of Outreach, Admissions and Student Services, Year Up
    • Reverend Don Anderson, Rhode Island State Council of Churches

Other current and previous TEN MEN members also appear in the television PSA, including:

    • Dr. Scott Walker, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Ob-Gyn Associates
    • Rafael Zapata, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Institutional Diversity, Providence College
    • Edgar Moya, Account Executive, WRIW Telemundo Providence
    • Ralph Bresslauer (2012 member)
    • Ben Ellcome (2012 member)

TEN MEN’s radio public service announcement, voiced by member Rilwan Feyisitan, Jr., Director of Program Operations for the Community Action Partnership of Providence (CAPP), will air in English on WHJY and WEEI, with the Spanish PSA airing on Latina 100.3FM.

Every Rhode Islander has the responsibility – and the ability – to create safe and healthy communities where domestic violence no longer exists. This year’s TEN MEN members designed the PSAs to speak to their peers – other men in Rhode Island – as well as their neighbors and loved ones about the need for everyone to stand up against domestic violence. The campaign arrives just in time for Father’s Day, which is significant to the theme of the television and radio spots this year.