The reality is that dating violence happens.

Sadly, the chances are pretty high that someone you know will experience it in their lifetimes. So what's that got to do with you?

As a young person, you can change that reality. You and your friends have the extraordinary potential to create peace and a violence-free world.

Read on to find out ways that you can help in your community. You can also see some ways that young people in RI have already helped raise awareness about dating violence and healthy relationships!

Make Policy Change Happen in RI

Interested in making change happen in RI?

Click here to support our legislative advocacy work at the State House!

As a supporter:

  • You are a key ally in the work to end dating violence.
  • You can impact the world around you just by speaking up.
  • Say loudly that you won't allow our leaders to ignore dating abuse.

Here are some simple ways to advocate with us:

  • Sign up for our leglislative alerts on – stay in the know about how we're trying to improve RI law to keep victims safe and ultimately end relationship violence in our state.
  • Visit our Policy page to learn about our current priorities, past achievements, and the role you can play in this process.
  • Check back here often to find specific ways you can get involved, especially during RI's legislative session that runs from January to June.
What's Popular in Prevention

Young people are social change-makers, with the power to drive the change you want to see in our communities.

One way you can help create a violence-free world is by understanding what it means to prevent dating and domestic violence.

During Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, and throughout the year, we work with youth leaders who are playing an important role in the prevention of teen dating abuse. Prevention is even gaining visibility on a national level, and in RI, we are a part of that rising conversation.

Quick Stat: Research shows that young people are impacted by dating violence, with more than 1 in 5 young women and nearly 1 in 7 young men experiencing some form of abuse between the ages of 11 and 17. (CDC, 2011)

What does this mean for you?

As our communities try to address the serious issue of dating violence that directly affects your lives, we need young people to be meaningfully involved in finding solutions. We need youth to inform adults about the abuse that is impacting them and about effective strategies for promoting healthy relationships.

In RI, we have been building support and skills around prevention, but we need your help. We'll continue to post here with invitations for you to be part of our state's efforts to prevent dating violence. If you'd like to learn more about prevention, visit our Prevention page.

See What We've Done So Far!

See how we've raised awareness about teen dating violence and the need for prevention in the past, and read about some of the ways that young people in RI have stood up against dating violence and for healthy relationships!


  • TDVAPM 2014

  • The Campaign: Know What to Do

    TDVAPM 2014


    Know what to do to help someone experiencing dating violence.

    In 2014, our public awareness campaign focused on raising awareness about the warning signs of abuse and how young people can help their friends and peers who may be impacted by unhealthy relationships.

  • PSA's

    Watch our 2014 public service announcement (PSA) below, created and enacted by local teens from Young Voices.

    Young Voices is a Rhode Island-based non-profit that empowers youth to use their leadership skills for effecting real change in order to improve the lives of young people in RI.

    The PSA depicts a dating violence situation that is increasingly common among Rhode Island youth: digital dating abuse revolving around social media.


    Aired on local TV stations throughout February 


    Aired on PANDORA and RI radio stations throughout February 

     Students from Young Voices record the TDVAPM radio spots at 92 PRO-FM studios


  • Web Clips

    Members of Young Voices, actual students from different schools in Rhode Island, helped create these web clips, showing ways young people can help someone they know who is experiencing dating violence.


    Know What to Do: Sharing Concerns & Resources

    In this web clip, Sara's friends talk to her about dating violence. Many teens and young adults don't know that they're in an abusive relationship. Knowledge is key to preventing abuse. Sara's friends direct her to NOMORERI.ORG, where she can learn more about the warning signs of dating violence and obtain the Helpline number (1-800-494-8100) for future use.


    Know What to Do: Speaking Up

    In this web clip, Sara's boyfriend's friends confront him about his controlling behavior. Speaking up when you see or hear abuse is one way to help someone experiencing dating violence.

  • Graphics

    Check out our Facebook cover from TDVAPM 2014!

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    Here's another image featuring Young Voices students who helped raise awareness: 

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  • Instagram Contest – #KnowWhatLoveIs

    In recognition of TDVAPM 2014, the RICADV hosted an Instagram Contest!

    RICADV TDVAPM 2014 500 X 500 ad

    We asked young Rhode Islanders, "What does a healthy relationship look like to you?

    Rhode Islanders between the ages of 12 and 24 submitted Instagram photos showing what healthy love is to them, and we reviewed submissions throughout the month from participants showing us they #KNOWwhatloveis.

    After the contest closed on February 20, the RICADV, our Public Awareness Working Group PAWG (comprised of representatives from our six member agencies), and our task force of dating and domestic violence survivors, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), selected three winning photos out of almost 200 entries!

    Each winning photo conveyed a healthy relationship through the unique perspective of the contest participants:

    The first place $250 grand prize winner's photo represented the importance of showing healthy love for one's family and being a healthy relationship role model for the next generation.

    The second place $150 winner's entry, a recreation of a popular meme, conveyed that "love is caring even when you're angry," respectful even when you disagree.

    The third place $100 winner's submission depicted that former partners can still have a healthy relationship even if they're no longer together and that setting this example for your children can help shape their understanding of healthy love.

    While healthy relationships take work and are all unique, the constant between all of them is shared respect and love.

    Thank you to all of the contest participants for sharing your unique and beautiful depictions of healthy love with the RICADV and your community!

    View the winning photos, honorable mentions and other top entries on Flickr, and check out the first place winner below!




    Follow the RICADV on Instagram - @NOMORERI

  • Tweet Chat

    Young people throughout Rhode Island participated in the RICADV's Tweet Chat to talk about what love is (and isn't) during TDVAPM 2014.

    These young people, and other partners in the movement to end dating and domestic violence, took to Twitter to raise awareness about relationship abuse and define what healthy love is for their communities.

    We believe that discussions about healthy relationships and warning signs of unhealthy relationships can give young people the skills they need to identify abusive situations.

    Local students participated, including those from Rhode Island high schools, youth groups like Young Voices, and colleges such as the Johnson & Wales Gender Equity Center, who hosted the RICADV's Tweet Chat for a second time.



    Follow the RICADV on Twitter – @RICADV

    Not on Twitter? You can check out our Twitter feed below.

  • Know What Teens Think

    What do teens think about healthy relationships, and what influences their behaviors?

    See what one school did to address dating violence and help prevent relationship abuse.

    THE PROJECT: Students at The MET surveyed their peers about healthy relationships in late 2013. The infographic below shows their findings.

    THE ADVOCATES: The project was made possible by a grant from the Rhode Island Department of Public Health. Both the RICADV and Sojourner House participated in a cooperative agreement to engage Rhode Island youth in the evaluation and measurement of intimate partner violence. The goal of the survey is to learn more about peer impressions of intimate partner violence, healthy relationships, and ways that prevention programs for intimate partner violence can better serve youth.

    THE RESULT:   


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