The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) affirms that all people have the right to live their lives free from fear and violence. To this end, we are working to disrupt the systems of oppression that unjustly impact people of color, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and other historically oppressed communities.
Systems of oppression not only create barriers to services, safety, and justice – they are the root causes of violence and inequity. The RICADV aspires to be an anti-oppression organization, committed to dismantling white supremacy and oppression in all its forms, including racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, and xenophobia.
Aspiring to be an anti-oppression organization is not a separate part of our work, but the lens that informs how we do our work. It is at the heart of moving our mission forward.
From our legislative advocacy, where we focus not only on domestic violence legislation but on policies that improve quality of life for everyone, to our primary prevention strategies that center on those disproportionately impacted by violence and oppression – we are committed to centering the voices of survivors and catalyzing change that leads to more just, inclusive, and healthy communities for all people.