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  • Get Off the Bench!

    We are thrilled to launch our new statewide public awareness campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month! The campaign features URI student athletes speaking out against domestic violence and asking their fellow Rhode Islanders to do the same. The campaign can be seen on buses and billboards throughout the state as well as public service announcements on television, radio, and Pandora. Domestic violence impacts all of us, and it will take all of us, together, to end it. How will you “get off the bench” this October? How will you play your part?
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  • Purple Purse

    This year, the RICADV is participating in the Purple Purse Challenge, a national fundraising campaign by The Allstate Foundation. Purple Purse helps organizations that serve domestic violence survivors raise funds while at the same time raising awareness about financial abuse and the need for economic empowerment of survivors. Support the RICADV, and help build a safer Rhode Island!
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  • Member Agencies

    The RICADV's six 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 below. If you see or hear someone being hurt, call 911 immediately.

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  • Latino Outreach

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    At the RICADV, we proactively serve the Latino community, collaborating with Rhode Island businesses to further our reach to those experiencing abuse. During our public awareness campaigns, we have partnered with Telemundo, Providence en Español, and Latina 100.3 FM to help Latino communities know that help is available through our member agencies. Each agency offers diverse programs and services that can include safety planning, court advocacy, shelter, and support groups. Immigration help is also available. Access our website in Spanish by clicking the "Read More" button below or En Español at the top of this page.

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Rhode Island, We’re Counting on You to “Get Off the Bench” and Help End Domestic Violence

This October, national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence launches a statewide public awareness campaign featuring University of Rhode Island student athletes

[Providence, RI – October 1, 2015] Another October 1st signals the start of another Domestic Violence Awareness Month, when, each year, advocates, survivors, and supporters unify around a national platform to raise critical awareness on the issue of domestic violence. But, this year, people may be listening more closely than ever.

In 2014, the controversy in the NFL around the Ray Rice case spurred the entire country to take part in the conversations that advocates and survivors have been having for decades. From sports broadcasters and famous celebrities to family members and coworkers, everyone was talking about domestic violence – and in 2015, after decades of tireless advocacy to protect victims and break the silence, awareness has reached new heights.

To build on this momentum, today, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) launches its statewide public awareness campaign, “Get Off the Bench!” featuring University of Rhode Island student athletes.

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Stopping domestic-violence murders

By Deborah DeBare
The Providence Journal. January 18, 2011.

In 2010, more Rhode Islanders — 13 — died because of domestic violence than ever before recorded. They lost their lives brutally at the hands of those who were supposed to love and protect them — their family members and their intimate partners. Sadly, several of these deaths occurred during the holiday season, in the last two weeks of the year.

In addition to the increase in murders, we’ve seen a significant spike in the number of clients coming forward in 2010, with a record-breaking high of 10,410 families receiving services from the six member agencies of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In fact, over the past three years in Rhode Island, there have been record numbers of calls to hotlines, requests for shelter, counseling, legal advocacy and other services, as well as a record high number of emergency restraining orders served.

What is behind all this? Is it the stress of the economy, the stress of the holidays, or increased violence in the mainstream media? While we know these are some of the factors that heighten the risk for domestic violence, none of these risk factors can singularly account for what we’re seeing. The real reason why domestic-violence murders continue to occur is because we continue to tolerate domestic violence in our society.

Any death because of family violence represents a societal failure: a failure to hold abusers accountable, and a failure to keep victims and families safe. When we hear news of a murder, as a community we are outraged and saddened. But when we see the signs of domestic abuse in someone we know, we may worry for them, we may hope for the best, but all too often we fail to take action.

We’re frequently asked why victims don’t “just leave” an abusive relationship. There are many reasons why someone might be hesitant to leave, and those reasons are often fundamentally linked to the dynamics of abuse. For example, maintaining control over money and bank accounts is a common form of abuse; therefore, many victims are unable to independently support themselves or their children. Most importantly, however, victims fear for their safety, and the safety of their families, if they leave. All too often, those fears are realized. Tracey Pytka was the most recent victim who tragically lost her life after trying to leave a relationship.

All this means that victims need to be supported and empowered. If you suspect that someone you know is in an abusive situation, don’t be afraid to reach out to them and ask them if they feel safe. Listen without judging, and let them know it’s not their fault. Let them know you’re there to listen and support them. Let them know that there is help available through our confidential Helpline (800-494-8100). As always, if you see or hear someone being hurt, call 911 immediately.

Even if you don’t think you know anyone affected by abuse, you can still help to promote healthy relationships in your community. Let the young people in your life know that violence is never acceptable. If you hear a friend joke about domestic violence, take a stand against it. Talk about abuse openly, and help break the taboo.

Support the anti-domestic-violence movement in Rhode Island. Our legislative agenda this year includes initiatives to hold abusers more accountable, and to keep families safe in the child-custody and visitation system. Support funding for such programs as safe shelters, counseling services and legal advocacy, which have seen substantial increases in clients alongside dramatic cuts in state funding. If you can, donate your time, money or old cell phones to your local domestic-violence agency.

The biggest step that you can take right now toward ending domestic violence is to educate yourself about the dynamics of abuse. What does abuse look like, and how can you recognize it when you see it? While abusive relationships can take many forms, they fall into similar patterns. Visit to learn more about the warning signs of abuse, patterns of power and control, barriers to victim safety, and resources in your community.

This year’s record high number of domestic violence deaths is more than tragic; it is a call to action. If we’re serious about stopping domestic-violence murders in Rhode Island, then we have to be serious about stopping domestic violence.

Deborah DeBare is the executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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    Communicating the work to end domestic violence is vital. Visit our Communications Center and The Newsroom to KNOW MORE. Read More
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    Raising awareness to end domestic violence is part of our mission. Learn how we keep the issue visible in our communities. Read More
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    The media can help break the silence and educate the public. Visit our online guide for journalists covering domestic violence.
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KNOW MORE: Relationship abuse happens among teens, too. Visit our Teen Center during the launch of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February 2015 for interactive tools!


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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 and redirect to a different site, click on the box to 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 more information and tips for staying safe online and on your devices, click "Read More" to visit the Privacy & Technology section of our website.

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Visit our Calendar of Events to find a myriad of local and
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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.

Visit our 35th anniversary page to watch a special video, view photos of the event (coming soon!), and more.

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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, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, 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.

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 six domestic violence prevention 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 six 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.


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