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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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Bills aimed at reducing domestic violence

By Philip Marcelo
Journal State House Bureau
The Providence Journal, February 22, 2011

PROVIDENCE –– Following a year in which Rhode Island saw its highest number of domestic violence-related murders, four bills are being introduced into the state legislature this year to better protect victims and their children.

The bills, three of which have been submitted in previous years, include increased penalties for strangulation, disorderly conduct and Internet crimes such as cyberstalking.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence hopes the package of bills, which it has made its top legislative priority this year, will send a strong message to repeat offenders. With 13 domestic violence-related deaths, 2010 was the state’s deadliest year on record for domestic violence, according to the coalition.

“If we are serious about ending domestic violence, then we have to be serious about stopping domestic violence. And that means putting in good tools for police and prosecutors for holding batterers accountable and we believe that these bills will give our justice system those tools,” said Zulma Garcia, the coalition’s policy director.

The first bill –– H5261 and S70 –– is aimed at disorderly conduct offenders and has already generated opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union. The proposal calls for stiffer penalties for repeat petty misdemeanor charges when they are charged under the state’s Domestic Violence Prevention Act.

State law currently calls for mandatory jail time of up to one year after two misdemeanor offenses; a third offense constitutes a felony with a mandatory prison sentence up to 10 years. The coalition-backed proposal would make petty misdemeanors subject to the same enhanced penalties if classified as a domestic violence crime.

Garcia says the proposal is targeted specifically at disorderly conduct, which is a petty misdemeanor that was the second-most-common domestic violence charge in 2010, with 2,077 charges, an increase of 13 percent from 2009, according to the coalition. (Disorderly conduct is considered a domestic violence crime when it is committed by a family or household member against another.)

But Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, says applying the same tough standard to a petty misdemeanor is inappropriate.

“Petty misdemeanors are designated the least serious of all criminal offenses. Three of these minor offenses simply should not be treated the same as a major offense,” he said in written testimony submitted to the House Judiciary Committee last week.

A second bill –– H5087–– would make choking and strangling, even if it does not cause serious injury, a felony assault. (Strangulation is currently charged as a misdemeanor simple assault.) According to the coalition, a domestic violence victim who has been strangled is nine times more likely to be killed than one who has not.

A third bill –– H5264 –– is being introduced for the first time this year and would add cyberstalking and cyberharrassment to the 14 crimes that can be charged as domestic violence offenses under the state’s domestic violence law.

By including such internet-related crimes under the state’s Domestic Violence Prevention Act, victims can be afforded extra protections, including an automatic no-contact order against the offender, and penalty enhancement for repeat offenses, according to the coalition.

The final bill focuses on child custody and visitation rights for parents, establishing a protocol for state Family Court to use in divorces and separation where there is a history of domestic abuse or violence. That bill has yet to be introduced this year but was submitted last year.

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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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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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