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February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!

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, and it’s up to all of us to make sure this law is being implemented in our schools! Click here to learn more.

Check out the video below to hear our 2018 public service announcement, which will be airing on local radio stations throughout the month.



2016-2017 Public Awareness Campaign

  • Get Off the Bench!

  • Contest Winners

  • RICADV Promotional Video

In 2016, our "Get Off the Bench!" public awareness campaign featured URI student athletes saying NO MORE to dating and domestic violence and asking their peers to do the same.

Click below to watch our public service announcement starring the student athletes.


Something PSA


In 2016, we held a Lip Sync Video Contest for Rhode Islanders ages 12 to 24.

The contest was all about promoting love and respect for one’s self and others and saying NO MORE to dating violence. We received many great entries, which made our judging decisions difficult. To everyone who entered, voted, and shared—thank you for “getting off the bench” to help end dating violence!

Watch the winning video entries below!

Grand Prize Winner
Olivia – “Brave”


Carley – “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”


People’s Choice
(based on number of Facebook votes)
Scout – “Lost in the Supermarket”


Thank you to players from the North Kingstown High School Girls Soccer Team for creating this Lip Sync Video to help promote the contest!

Lip Sync Contest Promotional Video NK Girls Soccer Team
North Kingstown High School Girls Soccer Players Lip Sync to "Don't Stop Believin'"

2015 Public Awareness Campaign

We thought our friend's 'bae' was just really into her. Nonstop texts. Said things like, "You're everything to me." Then, he wouldn't leave her alone. Followed her everywhere! Spread rumors!! Even hacked her Twitter!!! We didn't want to see our friend get hurt, so we found ways to help.

The story above was the theme of our 2015 public awareness campaign. Learn more below!

  • Digital Story

  • Posters

  • Radio PSA

  • Wear Orange Day 2015

Click to download the printable PDFs.

Teen Campaign 2015 Poster1 web 

  Teen Campaign 2015 Poster2 web   

 Teen Campaign 2015 Poster3 web

In 2015, national Orange 4 Love Day was on February 10.
We asked Rhode Island communities to join us in wearing orange to promote healthy relationships!
See how others participated by clicking on our photo below!
RICADV Wears Orange 4 Love
d’s 24-hour Helpline at 1-800-494-8100.
2014 Public Awareness Campaign

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

  • Web Clips

  • Instagram Contest

  • Know What Teens Think

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


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.

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

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!



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.



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