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  • NO MORE Silence

    NO MORE Silence

    When we stay silent, domestic violence thrives. This October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we are calling on our communities to break the silence. Each of us must make it our business to speak up when we see or hear something troubling and to have conversations with friends, family, colleagues, youth, and others in our lives. Whether it be in our workplaces, schools, places of worship, or other community spaces, we can support survivors and their children by raising awareness of the issue and creating environments that do not tolerate domestic violence.
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  • Purple Purse Challenge

    Purple Purse Challenge

    The RICADV is excited to be participating in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge this October! The Purple Purse Challenge is an annual friendly fundraising competition held during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, where nonprofit organizations serving victims and survivors of domestic violence engage their supporters and communities to help raise funds. The 2017 Purple Purse Challenge starts Monday, October 2 at 12 p.m. Stay tuned for details!
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  • RI Men's Summit

    RI Men's Summit

    Rhode Island men, join us for the 4th Annual Men's Summit on November 9, an event designed for and led by men who want to prevent domestic violence in our communities. Most men are not violent, but many remain silent in the face of other men’s violence. This November, take a stand with Ten Men to help break the silence. We ask our supporters to invite the men in their lives to get involved! To learn more and to register, visit ricadv.org/tenmen.
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  • State House Victories!

    State House Victories!

    This September, the Rhode Island General Assembly reconvened for a special session to review the bills they left unfinished in June - and we have great news! Several of the RICADV's priority bills have passed! 2017 legislative victories include disarming dangerous abusers and guaranteeing earned sick and safe days for RI employees.
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  • Latino Communities

    Latino Communities

    Oprima el botón “Read More” para acceder a nuestro sitio web en Español.

    At the RICADV, we engage Latino communities in Rhode Island to raise awareness about domestic violence, the services and resources that are available in our state, and the need for all of us to get involved to end abuse. Access our website in Spanish by clicking the "Read More" button below or En Español at the top of this page.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 2, 2017

Letter to the Editor: When we stay silent, domestic violence thrives

By Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence


[Providence, RI – October 2, 2017] When we stay silent, domestic violence thrives. With 1 in 4 Rhode Islanders experiencing domestic violence in their lifetimes, and nearly 1 in 10 Rhode Island high schoolers reporting they have already experienced physical dating violence, we all know loved ones, neighbors, and friends who will be or have been impacted by abuse.

This October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we are calling on our communities to break the silence. Each of us must make it our business to speak up when we see or hear something troubling and to have conversations with friends, family, colleagues, youth, and others in our lives.

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Why Prevention?

The people of a small village wake up one day to find a body floating down the river screaming for help. They quickly worked together to pull the drowning man out of the river. Five minutes later there's another body floating down the river screaming for help. Again, the villagers worked together and are able to pull the drowning woman out of the river to safety. Five minutes later, yet another body is floating down the river. They start pulling the body out when another body appears. The more bodies the villagers pull out, the more bodies appear.

After working tirelessly for hours, someone decides to go upstream to find out how people are getting into the river. When the villager returns, she announces that the bridge is broken, and that's how people keep falling into the river. Some of the villagers head upstream to fix the bridge while the others stay behind recovering the bodies from the river. Others stood on opposite sides of the bridge, warning people of the dangerous ahead, in an effort to stop them from falling into the river. Before long, there were fewer and fewer people floating down the river, and eventually, there were none.

We may have heard many variations of this story before, however, this story's message does not change. This story illuminates the need for communities and service providers alike to offer prevention and intervention services. Domestic violence advocates have traditionally focused on providing victims of intimate partner violence crisis intervention such as shelter, support groups, children services, court advocacy and other criminal justice responses. Communities have also provided support and safety for victims after an incident has occurred. We will always need people to pull folks out of the river; these intervention services are essential components of victim safety. Without them, many more lives would be lost.

When generating solutions to ending a public health issue like domestic violence however, we need to be creative. We need to go upstream, and try to stop people from falling into the river in the first place. We need to work on prevention strategies that engage the community and change community attitudes and behaviors regarding domestic violence. We need to address intimate partner violence before someone is abused and before someone is abusive.

Intervention services in isolation will not end domestic violence. We need aggressive intervention and prevention efforts if we want to live in peaceful communities.

What is Primary Prevention?

Primary prevention of intimate partner violence (IPV) is a process that requires changing societal attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors regarding gender norms and violence. It requires that every individual in our society work towards creating and supporting equality and healthy environments, before the violence occurs.

For the past five years the RICADV has been working to build the state's capacity to implement IPV primary prevention strategies through the DELTA Project and the Abuse Prevention Education Network. IPV primary prevention provides communities with the opportunity to examine what is at the root of the problem of IPV? What are the underlying attitudes, beliefs, and norms that support IPV? What exists in our communities, in our state, that increase the likelihood that someone will be abusive or be abused? IPV primary prevention then challenges us to figure out what we can do to address those risk factors. What actions can we take to prevent IPV from happening in the first place?

Primary prevention also provides communities with the opportunity to take ownership of IPV because it requires community mobilization in order to create social change. It requires collaboration across sectors of the community (domestic violence advocates, religious leaders, community based organizations, business owners, educators, state agencies, youth, parents, legislators, etc.) to collectively address IPV before the violence occurs and shift social norms.

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  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month +

    We conduct statewide public awareness campaigns during October, national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), as a way to break the silence and stigma around domestic violence, raise up the voices and experiences of survivors, provide information about help and resources, and educate and engage our communities.
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  • Online Guide for Journalists +

    We work with statewide and local media to increase awareness about domestic violence, the services and resources available for people impacted by abuse, and the ways the community can get involved to help. Visit the RICADV's Online Guide for Journalists for best practices in covering domestic violence.
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2017 Purple Purse Challenge

2017 Purple Purse Challenge

The RICADV is participating in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge this October, a friendly fundraising competition held during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The 2017 Purple Purse Challenge starts Monday, October 2 at 12 p.m. Stay tuned for details!

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On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Choose the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support us. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

About the RICADV

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. Formed in 1979, the organization provides support to its member agencies, strives to create justice for victims, and provides leadership on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island.

Member Agencies

The RICADV's network of member agencies provide comprehensive services to victims, including emergency shelter, support groups, counseling, and assistance with the legal system. For more information about these organizations and services, call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100 or click here.

Contact

422 Post Road, Suite 102
Warwick, RI 02888-1539

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