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KNOW MORE. DO MORE. In 2013, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence expanded our 2012 launch of the national NO MORE campaign, moving beyond raising awareness to promote bystander action. The RICADV's focus on bystanders in 2013 laid the foundation for effecting real change in our communities and making true progress in the movement to end domestic violence. As we asserted throughout the year, "KNOW MORE. DO MORE. Knowledge is your first step."
When faced with the effects of a cumulative 70% cut from the state funding that had supported the statewide Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program, the RICADV educated our network about the lifesaving services that the advocates provide. We mobilized our community to become active bystanders in the movement and to urge their legislators to restore this funding. Thanks to all those who were empowered to stand for victims against these detrimental cuts, $100,000 was restored to the Court Advocacy Program last June.
Nationally, the highlight of 2013 was the momentous reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Locally, the movement to end domestic violence grew and gained visibility – from KNOW MORE ads blanketing buses and billboards throughout Rhode Island to the State House lit up in NO MORE teal for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
We confronted the high dismissal rates of domestic violence cases in the District Court head-on, bringing together our systemic partners to promote policies that ensure safety and justice for victims. We continued the quest to empower survivors through our task force, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), whose original play Behind Closed Doors received standing ovations throughout the year. We connected with community members and saw firsthand what can be accomplished when we call bystanders to action.
Throughout 2013, the RICADV was positioned more strongly than ever as a leader in the movement to end domestic violence. We collaborated with neighboring state coalitions on the Leadership Institute in November, a two-day conference the RICADV hosted for New England domestic and sexual violence executive directors and board leaders. We received national recognition in the Office on Violence Against Women's blog for our communications work, and through the highly competitive DELTA FOCUS grant, the RICADV, along with nine other state coalitions, is setting the stage nationally for what it means to prevent domestic violence before it starts.
In 2013, ten lives were lost to domestic violence in Rhode Island. It is clear that we still have much to do to protect victims, hold abusers accountable, promote healthy relationships, and eliminate domestic violence. We know that a huge gap remains between the tremendous need for services and the capacity of our member agencies to provide them. In the face of these challenges, your support is the wellspring of our strength. We thank you for the role you play in sustaining our movement, and we look forward to continuing our work with you in 2014 and beyond.