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  • We want your opinion!

    We want your opinion!

    The RICADV is seeking people across Rhode Island to participate in an online survey to help gauge statewide attitudes around domestic violence and shape our community outreach activities going forward.

    The survey will take about 15 minutes. After completing the survey, you can choose to be entered into a weekly raffle for a chance to receive a $50 Amazon gift card! There will be three randomly selected winners each week, for a total of 12 winners.
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  • State House Advocacy

    State House Advocacy

    This year, we're supporting bills that will provide practical solutions for building healthy, safe families and that protect our basic human rights. The bills address multiple forms of abuse, making RI communities safer for all. Click "Read More" below to learn about the RICADV's 2017 Legislative Priorities. You can also view our Prezi to learn how survivor voices inform our legislative advocacy.
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  • We Can Prevent DV

    We Can Prevent DV

    Now more than ever, people are becoming aware of and outraged by the harmful impacts of domestic violence. With primary prevention, we can stop the violence before it happens in the first place, before people ever become victims or perpetrators of abuse. To learn more, check out this new resource created by the RICADV!
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  • "The Way Home" Charm

    Alex and Ani has partnered with the RICADV and the National Network To End Domestic Violence to launch the CHARITY BY DESIGN charm bangle “The Way Home.” When you purchase your bracelets through the RICADV, 50% of the proceeds go toward supporting our work to end domestic violence in RI. You can purchase bracelets in person at the RICADV’s office in Warwick Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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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 proactively engage Latino communities and work to raise awareness about the help that is available through our member agencies. Each agency offers diverse programs and services that include safety planning, court advocacy, shelter, and support groups. Immigration help is also available. 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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Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Statement Regarding Today’s Shooting in Virginia

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

[Providence, RI – June 14, 2017] We were shocked and saddened to learn about the shooting that occurred today near Washington, DC in Alexandria, Virginia, when a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress, injuring three people and critically wounding two.

We are particularly disturbed to learn that the perpetrator, James T. Hodgkinson, who later died from his injuries, had a record of domestic violence. In 2006, he was charged with domestic battery and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

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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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  • Community Attitudes Survey +

    We are seeking people across the state of Rhode Island to participate in an online survey to gauge statewide attitudes toward domestic violence. The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete; those who do will be entered into a weekly raffle for the chance to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
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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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  • 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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Teen Center

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Abusive relationships impact young people, too. Nearly 1 in 10 Rhode Island high schoolers has already experienced physical dating violence. Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI.


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Your abuser may monitor your Internet use and may be able to view your computer activity.

To immediately leave our site and redirect to a different site, click on the box to the bottom-right of our website or hit the ESC (Escape) key on the upper-left of your keyboard.

If you feel that your computer is not secure, use a computer in another location that your abuser cannot access.

For more information and tips for staying safe online and on your devices, click "Read More" to visit the Privacy & Technology section of our website.

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Looking to get involved in the movement to end domestic violence?

Sign up to join our mailing list, and receive mail and emails from the RICADV!

Visit our Calendar of Events to find local and online events.

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the RICADV every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the RICADV.

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.


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