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  • New Report for RI

    New Report for RI

    On February 25, 2016, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence released Domestic Violence Homicides in Rhode Island: 2006-2015, a first-of-its-kind report for the State of Rhode Island. During the past ten years, 54 people lost their lives to domestic violence homicides in Rhode Island over the course of 48 incidents. By analyzing the collective data from these cases, the RICADV has identified trends and patterns that paint the big picture of domestic violence in Rhode Island.
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  • Get Off the Bench!

    Get Off the Bench!

    The RICADV's statewide public awareness campaign "Get Off the Bench!" features URI student athletes saying NO MORE to dating and domestic violence. Click below to watch our public service announcement starring the athletes, which aired on local TV stations throughout October, national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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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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  • Member Agencies

    Member Agencies

    The RICADV's six local domestic violence agencies provide a wide array of services for victims, including 24-hour hotline support, 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 or click below. If you see or hear someone being hurt, call 911 immediately.

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  • Latino Outreach

    Latino Outreach

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

    At the RICADV, we proactively serve 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 can 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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The Newsroom

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Latest News

OPINION EDITORIAL: It's time to make the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund a reality for Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Already in 2016, four Rhode Islanders have been killed in domestic violence homicides. In the last ten years, 54 lives were lost to domestic violence murders in Rhode Island. These tragedies are all the more abhorrent because we know domestic violence homicides do not come out of nowhere–they often stem from a longstanding pattern of abuse that can rapidly escalate to murder. If there are steps we can take to save even one life, shouldn’t we?
But Rhode Island is failing, and falling behind. Domestic violence is preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), yet currently we have no state funding dedicated to domestic violence prevention!

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The 2010 General Assembly session ended on June 11.  This session was full of small victories, all of which combine to set the Coalition up for a successful 2011 session.

RICADV was thrilled to learn that there were no state budget cuts passed for any domestic violence programs in the Rhode Island FY2011 state budget.  In these challenging economic times, this was wonderful news for our six member agencies.  RICADV also rolled out an impressive legislative agenda which received broad-based support, including the first-time introduction of the Domestic Violence Child Safety Bill and the Senate passage of the Clarification Bill.

Child Safety Bill:

In conjunction with the release of RICADV and SOAR’s Safety for Children report (link to the report on the website), RICADV and SOAR introduced the Domestic Violence Child Safety Bill.  This legislation seeks to protect the safety and well-being of victims and their children who continue to suffer violence and abuse during the Rhode Island child custody and visitation process.

The Domestic Violence Child Safety Bill follows the model of 24 other states, providing legal protections within Rhode Island’s child custody and visitation statute for situations where domestic violence is present.  The bill states that domestic violence is not in the best interests of a child, and includes a rebuttable presumption against child custody if domestic violence is present.  Also included in the legislation are legal remedies that judges may provide to a family to ensure child safety during visitation.

RICADV introduced this groundbreaking legislation early in the General Assembly session and it received a successful hearing in both the House and Senate Judiciary committees.  There was a large turnout for both hearings, and House and Senate Judiciary members were able to hear the powerful audio testimony of a Rhode Island child who had gone through a painful custody process with her mother, who is a survivor of domestic violence.  The testimony was very compelling and gave a unique perspective to all committee members.

Looking forward, this year the Domestic Violence Child Safety Bill received heavy support, and the work completed will set us up for a strong 2011 General Assembly session, where it will be RICADV’s top legislative priority.

To read more about the Domestic Violence Child Safety Bill:

pdfS2705, Goodwin

pdfChild Safety fact sheet

Clarification Bill:

In addition to the Domestic Violence Child Safety Bill, another RICADV legislative priority was the Clarification Bill, a bill which revises portions of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.

This legislation would make domestic petty misdemeanors such as disorderly conduct qualify for the enhanced penalties within the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.  In 2009, domestic disorderly conduct was the second most common domestic violence charge in Rhode Island with 1,831 charges.  The Clarification Bill was heard successfully in both the House and the Senate Judiciary committees, and passed the full Senate on June 3rd by a vote of 32-0.

Looking forward, RICADV will build on the momentum of the Clarification Bill’s Senate passage where it will continue to be a legislative priority.  In 2011, RICADV also plans to support further initiatives within the criminal justice system including the addition of cyberstalking and cyberharassment to the enumerated charges within the Domestic Violence Prevention Act and the inclusion of strangulation into Rhode Island’s felony assault statute.

To read more about the Clarification Bill:

pdfS2687, Crowley

pdfClarification fact sheet

Communications Center

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    Communicating the work to end domestic violence is vital. Visit our Communications Center and The Newsroom to KNOW MORE. Read More
  • Public Awareness +

    Raising awareness to end domestic violence is part of our mission. Learn how we keep the issue visible in our communities. Read More
  • Handbook for Journalists +

    The media can help break the silence and educate the public. Visit our online guide for journalists covering domestic violence.
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Teen Center

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Relationship abuse impacts young people, too. 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
or just want to KNOW MORE?

Visit our Calendar of Events to find a myriad of local and
social media events.

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In 2014, the RICADV celebrated 35 years of progress in advocating for victims and holding abusers accountable.

On October 9, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we commemorated this milestone with special guest Lisa Leslie, WNBA legend, four-time Olympic gold medalist, and supporter of the national NO MORE campaign against domestic violence.

We thank everyone who has played a part in helping us move our work forward. Together we can end domestic violence.

Visit our 35th anniversary page to watch a special video, view photos of the event (coming soon!), and more.

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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. We were formed in 1979 to support and assist the six domestic violence prevention 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

The RICADV's six local domestic violence agencies provide a wide array of services for victims, including 24-hour hotline support, 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 or click here. If you hear or see someone being hurt, call 911 immediately.


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Warwick, RI 02888-1539

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