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  • No More Silence

    No More Silence

    1 in 4 Rhode Islanders is a victim of abuse. They are our loved ones, neighbors, coworkers, and friends, and they are counting on us to make it our business. It is time for all of us to break the silence, learn about the warning signs, and help end domestic violence.
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  • Prevention is Possible

    Prevention is Possible

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, domestic violence is preventable. We can stop violence before it happens in the first place, before people ever become victims or perpetrators of abuse. To learn more, check out this prevention resource created by the RICADV!
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  • Paper Crane Bangle

    Paper Crane Bangle

    We are so excited to partner with ALEX AND ANI and the National Network to End Domestic Violence on the brand new "Paper Crane" Charity By Design bangle. When you purchase your bracelet 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 AM to 5 PM.
  • No Más Silencio

    No Más Silencio

    Para acceder a nuestro sitio web en Español: www.ricadv.org/es/ayuda-y-servicios

    We engage Latino communities in Rhode Island, translating our materials and building partnerships to help end domestic violence. We strive to raise awareness about the help that is available in our state for those impacted by abuse and the ways we can all get involved to end it.

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The Newsroom

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Latest News


Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Homicide of Maniriho Nkinamubanzi

By Vanessa Volz, Executive Director, Sojourner House, and Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

[Providence, RI – Thursday, November 16, 2017] Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and community of Maniriho Nkinamubanzi, who was killed in Providence last Friday by her estranged husband, Bosco Tukamuhabwa. We grieve this tragic loss of life and extend our deepest condolences to all who have been impacted by this heinous crime, the fourth domestic violence homicide of 2017.

Maniriho was a refugee from the Congo, who was working to build a better life for herself and her family in Rhode Island. We are particularly devastated for Maniriho’s four children. No child should ever have to experience the loss of their mother through such tragedy or endure the suffering caused by violence in the home.

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Domestic Violence and Firearms: A Model Protocol

Firearms Report & ProtocolIn the summer of 2005, the Homicide Prevention Act became law (R.I.G.L. §8-8.1-3 and §15-15-3), and Rhode Island became the 41st state to restrict the possession of firearms when a restraining order has been issued.

In September 2006, the RICADV had the opportunity to bring together representatives from the criminal justice field and domestic violence advocates to attend a national summit addressing the issue of firearms and domestic violence.

The group returned from the conference and established the Firearms and Domestic Violence Taskforce (FADVTF). Their goal was to develop and recommend policies, protocols and procedures that would strengthen the judicial, law enforcement and advocate response for cases of domestic abuse involving firearms.

Their first project was to create a uniform model protocol for law enforcement agencies to use when responding to domestic violence calls involving firearms, which resulted in the report Domestic Violence and Firearms: A Model Protocol.

The information presented in this report explains the research process and findings and provides recommendations to ensure that the protections provided by R.I.G.L. §8-8.1-3 and §15-15-3 will help save the lives of those victims whose abusers own firearms.

For more information about domestic violence and firearms, view our fact sheet here.

 

  • Process

  • Findings

  • Recommendations

Before writing the protocol, the FADVTF first needed to identify the current practices that police departments were utilizing and the challenges they were facing with these types of cases. To do so, they decided to conduct a statewide survey of all police departments.

In February 2008, Professor Daniel J. Knight from Salve Regina University’s Criminal Justice Program agreed to direct the survey project.

Professor Knight’s graduate student research team conducted a statewide survey of local law enforcement agencies and the Rhode Island State Police. The research team used three data collection methods:

  • Surveying local law enforcement agencies to determine their current practices and protocols when responding to domestic violence calls involving firearms
  • Conducting three key informant interviews to gain further insight on the issue from state and federal perspectives
  • Reviewing and analyzing state and federal laws relating to firearms and domestic violence

The research team completed their data collection in January 2009.

The key informant interviews revealed that nearly all of Rhode Island’s law enforcement agencies have common practices for assessing the presence of weapons at a scene and for the removal of firearms when an incident results in an arrest or when a protective order exists.

However, according to the survey results, the practices among police departments differ when they encounter non-arrest situations, which occur when there is no probable cause for arrest or when there is a question regarding the existence of a valid restraining order. Under these circumstances, police departments utilize an assortment of practices to determine if firearm seizure is warranted.

In addition, the research team concluded that law enforcement officers have different interpretations of Rhode Island General Law §15-15-3 (5) and that the statewide database, RONCO (Restraining Orders No Contact Orders), is not a reliable tool to validate the existence of a restraining order or No Contact Order.

After reviewing the results of the survey, key informant interviews, analysis of state and federal laws and policies from other jurisdictions, the FADVTF proposed the following recommendations:

Legislative Recommendations

  • Prohibit the possession of firearms by a third party residing in the same household or building as the defendant

Law Enforcement Recommendations

  • Conduct follow-up investigations whenever the defendant does not surrender firearms in compliance with a restraining order
  • Revoke any existing gun license and forward the information to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Division Counsel, since federal law prohibits possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a domestic violence-related offense
  • Develop, create and distribute a model uniform policy for the police response to domestic violence calls involving firearms (see the “Model Law Enforcement Policy” that begins on page 11 in the report)

Training Recommendations

  • Address RONCO data entry issues to improve the accuracy and timeliness of information
  • Educate third parties who agree to take possession of firearms for defendants on their obligations under state and federal law; prosecute those who fail to comply
  • Offer key stakeholders training on firearm laws

Communications Center

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month +

    We conduct statewide public awareness campaigns each October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to keep the issue of domestic violence visible, provide information about community resources, and engage Rhode Islanders in helping to end abuse.
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  • Online Guide for Journalists +

    We work with the Rhode Island media to ensure that press coverage on domestic violence increases awareness about the issue, provides information about available resources, and engages the community to help end abuse. Visit the RICADV's Online Guide for Journalists for best practices on covering domestic violence.
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Teen Center

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Abusive relationships impact young people, too. Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI.

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  • 35 Years of Progress

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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, click on the box at 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 tips on how to use the Internet and technology safely if you are in an abusive situation, visit the Privacy & Technology section of our website.

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

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

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AmazonSmile-webWhat is AmazonSmile?

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 http://smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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.

spotlight image lisaleslie35th Anniversary Celebration

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.

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 domestic violence 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 five 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.

 

Contact Details

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

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