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  • Men can help build a world without violence

    Men can help build a world without violence

    This June, we invite 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. This month, our public awareness campaign calls men in to show up for all people, including women, in positive ways.

    Learn more about how you can get involved 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 attack on the U.S. Capitol and our nation's history of racial violence

By Tonya King Harris, executive director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

WARWICK R.I., Jan. 12, 2021 The first week of 2021 was a heavy and difficult one. Collectively, we looked in horror at images many thought unfathomable in our country. The wake of the deadly, violent acts at the U.S. Capitol left destruction and death, and made the vulnerability of our democracy and institutions evident. The attack at the U.S. Capitol was horrific, devastating and, in many ways, predictable. Ugly symbols of historic hatred and white nationalism, such as the confederate battle flag and Nazi imagery were on full display in the very seat of our democracy. Considering this an isolated attack would be a mistake, as what happened on January 6 is part of a much deeper, embedded framework of centuries of the normalization of violence, white supremacy, racism and oppression.

The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is a visible sign of a profound and widespread problem in our country, including Rhode Island. As we reflect and take a good, hard look at ourselves and our values, we are all long overdue in acknowledging double standards that shaped the founding of this country - the notions of "equality" while enslaving Black people and the genocide and displacing of Indigenous people - and still live on today through racism and oppression that persist in Black, brown and other marginalized communities.

The violent attack on January 6 was a moment that calls for a reckoning with accountability. Without accountability, calls for unity and peace are hollow. When we do not address injustices and violence in all its forms at every level, we allow white supremacy to grow and democracy to weaken.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly...Our lives end when we become silent to things that matter." The call to continue working toward justice, democracy and equality for all is greater than ever.

We all have a responsibility to commit to building a community rooted in nonviolence and equality, to commit to ending white supremacy and violence in all its forms, including domestic violence. Together, we must continue to work to disrupt systems of oppression that disproportionately and unjustly impact people of color and communities that have historically been marginalized, which includes survivors of domestic violence and their families who face barriers to services, safety and justice. We invite you to join us in this mission.

When hope is rooted in collective action, it becomes an act of resistance. Together, we must hold onto hope and work toward a world where all are free from violence, where we are all treated as equal and where justice always prevails. While many are doubling down on hatred, we must double down on love.

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 full member agencies (Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center and Women’s Resource Center) 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. You can also use the 24/7 confidential chat feature at

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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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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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Warwick, RI 02888-1539

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