• Join Ten Men

    Join Ten Men

    We are currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 Ten Men cohort! A RICADV statewide prevention initiative, Ten Men engages male community leaders to become more knowledgeable, visible, and mobilized in order to prevent men's violence against women and girls. Learn more and inquire to join today! #TenMenRI
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  • Teen Dating Violence

    Teen Dating Violence

    Did you know? Nearly 1 in 10 RI high schoolers has already experienced physical dating violence. Fortunately, there is a law in Rhode Island that requires all middle schools and high schools to have a policy and teach everyone about the issue—it’s called the Lindsay Ann Burke Act. Students, parents, and educators, it’s up to all of us to make sure this law is being implemented in our schools! Together, we can prevent dating violence.
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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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  • 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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RICADV Executive Director Deborah DeBare Accepts Position with the National Network to End Domestic Violence

[Warwick, RI – March 27, 2018] After nearly 23 years serving as executive director of The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV), Deborah DeBare has recently accepted a position as Senior Deputy Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. There, she will be working with coalitions from around the country to strengthen their capacity and solidify the work of the domestic violence movement on a national platform.  

“My two decades of service at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence have been extremely fulfilling and consistently challenging in ways I would never have expected,” said DeBare. “I have witnessed tremendous changes and pivots in the domestic violence movement during my time here, and I’m proud of all we have accomplished. After reflecting on what’s ahead, both for me and for RICADV, I am confident that the organization is well-prepared for this transition, with the staff, board, infrastructure, and resources necessary to move successfully into the future.”

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SpeakerThe 2011 General Assembly session ended on July 1.  This session was full of activity as the RICADV fought to preserve our remaining state funding for the services provided by our six member agencies while simultaneously pursuing a powerful legislative agenda aimed at protecting the lives of Rhode Island victims of domestic violence. 

While the session ended with the RICADV and its member agencies facing a 10% cut in state funding, our legislative agenda received broad-based support resulting in successful passage of a bill to make cyberstalking a domestic violence crime and the House and Senate passage of legislation to make strangulation assaults a felony.

Court Advocacy and Children Who Witness Programs Face Decreased Funding

Rhode Island human service agencies have been deeply impacted during these difficult economic times by significant funding cuts, specifically cuts to the state Community Service Grants.  For the RICADV’s six member agencies, these cuts have meant a 60% loss in funding since 2006 to two major programs: the Court Advocacy Program and Children Who Witness Program.

This year funding continued to decline, as the General Assembly cut the funding for these programs by an additional 10%.  This means that our Court Advocacy Program, which last year saw a rise of 7% in domestic violence criminal cases and almost 5% in restraining orders, will face additional loss.

This news was unfortunate, as the RICADV and its member agencies may be forced to make adjustments in programs in order to absorb this additional funding decline.

RICADV Legislative Agenda:  Protecting Lives

Last year, Rhode Island saw the loss of 13 lives to domestic violence, the highest ever on record.  When the General Assembly session opened in January, the RICADV launched a legislative platform designed to strengthen Rhode Island laws by providing the criminal justice system with further tools to prevent relationships from escalating to this level of violence.


In late May 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly enacted RICADV’s first legislative priority, a bill which adds the charge of Cyberstalking to the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.

The passage of this bill (pdfH.5264-Coderre /pdfS.334-Goodwin) allows a charge of cyberstalking or cyberharassment to be prosecuted as a domestic violence offense, which affords a victim of domestic violence enhanced protections including an automatic no-contact order issued upon arrest and the assistance of a victim advocate.  The use of technology in abusive relationships to intimate and threaten is increasing rapidly.  The enactment of this law will ensure that Rhode Island domestic violence laws keep up with this increase.  

After passing the Senate unanimously and the House by a vote of 67-1, Governor Chaffee signed this bill into law on June 15, 2011.  

The RICADV would like to thank the General Assembly leadership and supporters and to extend a special thanks to our longstanding champions on domestic violence issues, Senator Maryellen Goodwin and House Speaker Pro Tempore Elaine Coderre for their sponsorship of this legislation.

To read more about the Cyberstalking Bill:  
pdfCyberstalking fact sheet


The second 2011 RICADV legislative priority was a bill to make an assault where the victim is strangled a felony. Unfortunately this bill was not enacted into law this session.

This legislation (pdfH.5087-DaSilva /pdfS.217-DeVall) addresses one of the top domestic violence lethality factors, as strangulation assaults are a sign of increasing violence in a relationship.  A domestic violence victim who has been strangled at some point in the relationship is nine times more likely to be killed.  Despite their lethal nature, Rhode Island law currently charges these offenses as misdemeanor simple assaults.  

Score BoardThe Rhode Island Senate passed the Senate version unanimously and the House of Representatives passed the House version by a vote of 59-11.  Unfortunately, the General Assembly did not pass reconciliation language before the close of the 2011 session, so that the bill did not become a law this year. 

Enactment would be an important step toward decreasing the number of domestic violence fatalities in Rhode Island.  Looking forward, the RICADV will build off of this year’s success in the House and Senate and place this legislation as a top priority next year in an effort to turn this bill into law.

To read more about the Strangulation Bill:
pdfStrangulation fact sheet


The final bill in the RICADV’s “Protecting Lives” campaign would clarify provisions in the Domestic Violence Prevention Act by calling for enhanced penalties for repeat domestic violence petty misdemeanor charges. This bill did not pass this year.

This bill (pdfH.5261-Coderre /pdfS.70-Crowley) aims to capture the domestic violence cycle of abuse by holding abusers accountable for their repeat actions and threatening behavior.  Domestic disorderly conduct, the most prevalent domestic violence petty misdemeanor, was the second most common charge last year with over 2,000 charges, a 13% increase from 2009.  This increase has been consistent and the number of charges has doubled in the last five years.

The Clarification Bill was heard successfully in both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees and had heavy support in both chambers.  Passage of this bill is an important step toward strengthening the Rhode Island domestic violence laws.  Looking forward, this legislation will continue to be a priority and the RICADV plans to work with our allies over the summer and fall to build on the existing support in the General Assembly for this bill.

To read more about the Clarification Bill:
pdfClarification fact sheet

Looking Forward to 2012—Safety for Children

Since the release of its report pdfSafety for Children in 2010, the RICADV and its taskforce of survivors, SOAR, have been working on the report’s recommendations to make the Rhode Island custody and visitation system safer for victims of domestic violence and their children.  

One of the recommendations in the report is to recommend changes to the Rhode Island General Laws to create clear custody standards and guidelines to be followed in domestic violence cases.  

The RICADV plans to form a committee to address this recommendation.  This committee will be made up of members of the court and legal community, advocates, and experts in the field of domestic violence and child custody.

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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    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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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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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.

Lisa Leslie Says No More35th 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

Our network of member agencies provides comprehensive emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Services include 24-hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system. For more information, call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100 or click here.

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