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Celebrate the RICADV's 35th Anniversary and Domestic Violence Awareness Month with us:

Attend Behind Closed Doors on Monday, October 6 with discount code DVAMBCD2014.
Attend our Anniversary Luncheon with Lisa Leslie, WNBA legend, on Thursday, October 9.


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Interfaith Day to Remember 10 Lives Lost to Domestic Violence in 2013
Will Mark the Beginning of Awareness Month

 The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence will launch its integrated public awareness campaign "KNOW MORE. DO MORE." this October to initiate a community-level response to domestic violence by engaging faith institutions, health care providers, and businesses and by connecting with Latino communities

[Providence, RI – September 30, 2014] To signal the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) 2014, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is coordinating a statewide Interfaith Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, October 1. On this day, Rhode Island's faith community will stand together in remembrance of the 10 individuals who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence in RI in 2013 while praying for those who are currently being impacted by domestic violence.

All faiths are welcome to participate. The statewide event is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., but participation is encouraged any time on October 1. People of faith, churches, mosques, synagogues and other faith institutions can take part in many ways, including ringing church bells, blowing the shofar, making Du'a, holding a moment of silence, or lighting a candle. For more information, visit

Communities of faith can play a vital role in the prevention of domestic violence by providing strength, support and comfort to those affected by abuse and by creating an environment that does not tolerate it. Recognizing the Interfaith Day of Remembrance is just one way that faith communities can take a stand against domestic violence.

This DVAM, the RICADV is launching an integrated public awareness campaign that targets both English and Spanish speaking individuals to help different sectors of the community – including healthcare, the workplace, and faith communities – take action to end domestic violence. As part of its campaign, the RICADV will provide a digital toolkit containing a range of ways that various community sectors can help. When organizations step forward as leaders on this issue, individuals are more likely to have the support they need to get involved. DVAM partners include Dave's Marketplace, Rhode Island Medical Society, Rhode Island Catholic, Telemundo Providence, The Rhode Show, and 92 PRO-FM.

DVAM will bring many events and initiatives, including the third annual performance of Behind Closed Doors at Trinity Repertory Company on October 6, the RICADV's 35th anniversary celebration featuring WNBA legend Lisa Leslie on October 9, and a screening of Private Violence through HBO the week of October 20. The RICADV is also launching a newly designed website in October that will be responsive to smartphones and other mobile devices.



Behind Closed Doors is written and performed by survivors of domestic violence who courageously share their stories in the hopes of continuing this public discourse and to shine a light on what has been an issue in the dark
for too long

Tickets are now on sale for the October 6, 2014 performance at

[PROVIDENCE, RI - September 25, 2014] The much acclaimed play, Behind Closed Doors, returns to the stage on October 6, 2014 for a one-night only performance at Trinity Repertory Company. SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) received multiple awards for the play's sold-out debut performance in 2012 and for utilizing innovative solutions to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Behind Closed Doors takes you on a journey through the lives of 15 survivors of domestic violence from SOAR and their experiences with violence, hope and survival. The play - even more relevant because of the recent NFL situation involving a player’s abuse of his wife and the subsequent scrutiny of survivors - is a powerful educational tool. Through the survivors’ storytelling, questions like “Why Did She Stay?” won’t ever have to be asked again. Instead, people will learn about the dynamics of abuse and what they can do to help. Sharing in the work of survivors is one simple way.

“Being a survivor has opened doors of creativity and passion…I am now living the life of a survivor and continue to survive day by day…always finding my silver linings,” expressed Heather Bring about her experience with domestic violence. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Hollins University and is currently co-directing and performing in the play.

Tickets are now on sale for Behind Closed Doors—visit to purchase and to get additional information about SOAR and the play. Group packages are available; the play is an excellent medium for teaching students (over age 16 due to mature content) and others who want to KNOW MORE to DO MORE.

Behind Closed Doors is an eye-opening opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.

7 p.m. performance; 6:30 p.m. doors open

Location: Trinity Repertory Company, Dowling Theater, 821 Washington, Providence, RI

Friday, September 12, 2014

The level of media attention and public outcry around the Ray Rice case of domestic violence is astonishing. We have not seen this level of public dialogue about domestic violence since the O.J. Simpson trial over 20 years ago. Is it just a coincidence that both cases involved the world of the National Football League and its superstar heroes?

The current public discourse about domestic violence is complex, and there are many layers to peel back to get at the core of the issue. It is not simply about one individual’s assault on his fiancée. It is not simply about an institution’s policy to implement weak sanctions, or a decision to strengthen that policy. It is not about why it is so difficult for victims to simply leave an abusive situation. It is also not simply about the graphic evidence of a brutal assault shown in video footage. No, it is much more complex than any of these elements.

For the first time in over two decades, people seem to be universally talking openly about domestic violence – at their dinner tables, at the water cooler, with their friends, families and coworkers. Everyone has an opinion. But it is important to take a step back and realize that this public conversation involves much more than initially meets the eye.

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.

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