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In an effort to raise awareness in our communities, the RICADV compiles facts and statistics about domestic violence in Rhode Island.

We also create fact sheets on related issues, such as the intersection of domestic violence and firearms.

View our current fact sheets and a list of helpful resources below.

Fact Sheet: About the RICADV

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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.

The RICADV’s network of member agencies provide comprehensive emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Full Member Agencies are organizations whose primary purpose is to end domestic violence and provide victim services. Affiliate Member Agencies are organizations whose work includes some programming to address or prevent domestic violence.

Full Member Agencies

Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center
Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County
Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center (Kent County and Cranston)
Sojourner House (Northern RI and Greater Providence)
Women’s Resource Center (Newport and Bristol Counties)

                    Affiliate Member Agencies

Center for Southeast Asians
Crossroads Rhode Island
Family Service of Rhode Island
Progreso Latino

In 2016, 8,710 individual victims of domestic violence received services from our member agencies, including:

  • Emergency shelter and transitional housing
  • 24-hour crisis hotline support
  • Counseling
  • Support groups
  • Court advocacy
  • Immigration advocacy
  • Law enforcement advocacy

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • maintains an annual budget of over $3.4 million, with 70% passed through to our member agencies to fund victim services and primary prevention programs.
  • works closely with Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR), its task force of survivors of domestic violence, to promote, advocate for, and work towards the elimination of domestic violence.
  • has been a leader in getting domestic violence legislation passed in RI and making systems such as child protection, criminal justice, public benefits, and housing more responsive to the needs of survivors.
  • is nationally recognized for its prevention efforts, including its work engaging men and youth-serving organizations, and is one of only 10 states funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) DELTA FOCUS grant.
  • values strategic communications in order to create social change, focusing on initiatives that include statewide public awareness campaigns, a nationally-recognized online guide for journalists, and innovative strategies using new and traditional media.
Fact Sheet: Domestic Violence and Firearms

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The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is urging the General Assembly to take action this year to pass the Protect RI Families Act (H5510/S0405), sponsored by Representative Tanzi and Senator Metts. Statistics show that domestic violence victims and bystanders are more likely to be murdered if an abuser has access to a firearm. Twenty-seven states plus D.C. prohibit those convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from having guns. Rhode Island is not yet one of them.

  • From 1980-2016, 232 Rhode Islanders lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. 48% of these individuals were killed with firearms. This data includes abusers who committed homicide/suicide with guns.1
  • Rhode Island domestic violence police incident reports for the year 2013 show that 487 suspects were in possession of a firearm at the time of their arrest.2
  • Although federal law prohibits people under final domestic abuse protective orders from buying or possessing guns, there is no mandated system in RI for abusers to turn in the guns they own.3
  • In a study conducted by Everytown, between 2012 and 2014, Rhode Island courts rarely ordered abusers who were subject to final protective orders to turn in their firearms. Among more than 1,600 reviewed final protective orders, Rhode Island courts required abusers to turn in their guns in just 5% of cases (84 in total).4
  • When a firearm is present in a domestic violence situation, the risk of homicide for women is five times greater than when a firearm is not present.5
  • Women in the U.S. are 11 times more likely to be killed with a firearm than women in other developed countries.6
  • Abusers having access to firearms is also dangerous for bystanders; an analysis of gun violence crimes from 2009-2016 found that 54% of mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence.7

1RICADV Homicide Project, 2016.
2Rhode Island Supreme Court Domestic Violence Training and Monitoring Unit. 2013.
318 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8), 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(32).
4Everytown for Gun Safety. (2015). Domestic abuse protective orders and firearm access in Rhode Island. Everytown Research. Retrieved from
5Campbell, J. C., Webster, D., et al. (2003). Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: Results from a multisite case control study. American Journal of Public Health, 93(7), 1089-1097.
6D. Hemenway and E.G. Richardson. (2011). Homicide, suicide, and unintentional firearm fatality: Comparing the United States with other high-income countries, 2003. Journal of Trauma. 70, 238-42.
7Everytown for Gun Safety. (2017). Mass shootings in the United States: 2009-2016. Everytown Research. Retrieved from