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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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By Chris Wilhite

First, let us attempt to have a common definition of oppression. The most widely used definitions of oppression among groups dedicated to ending it are:

  1. power + prejudice, that is, the power to enforce prejudice and stereotypes, and
  2. a system of advantage based on some attribute (race, gender, class or economic status, religion, sexual orientation or identity, etc.).

Before the so-called Tea Party was coopted by big business, it consisted of protesters from across the political spectrum. Very quickly, however, the Tea Party experienced a Cultural Revolution that ratted out all the progressive types to create an exclusive, more puritanical right-wing fringe funded by some of the biggest companies on Wall Street. But I think it is fair enough to say that initially, the people who came together under the Tea Party banner were concerned about the oppression of the many by the few, in terms of economic oppression.

Then came the wave of the Occupy Wall Street movement, initiated by students, but inclusive enough to very quickly build a movement of people explicitly concerned about the economic oppression of the many by the few. That group also consists of Americans from across the political spectrum. But the Occupy movement did the opposite of the Tea Party by creating a culture of inclusiveness. Because the movement is not funded by big business, it is able to focus its attention on the true target of economic oppression.

The exclusive nature of the Tea Party has allowed it to very obviously use language and images that are either overtly racist or at least insensitive to the real oppression that people who are not White Anglo-Saxon Protestants have experienced, e.g. comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

But the inclusiveness of the Occupy movement has not fully addressed oppression in its own ranks. There are discussions circulating about the lack of inclusiveness of People of Color in the movement's leadership ( and And there has been a consistent drum beat of complaints about sexism and violence against women ( and Some white male leaders in the movement deny the connection between sexism, racism and economic oppression.

But here's the thing: All oppression is connected. Racism and classism in America are intricately linked the same way that sexism and homophobia are. Economic oppression is simply a tool of all the other oppressions. So if the Occupy movement is going to deliver in its apparent goal of ending the oppression of the 99% by the 1%, then it will need to recognize that 50% of the 99% are women, and at least 36% are people of color. More importantly, the 99% consists of many, many people are left out of the system of advantage based not only on race and gender, but many other factors.

This weekend, Occupy Providence is beginning to take on gender inequality. The Women/trans/gender-queer caucus and Queer Caucus are organizing Occupy the Night this Saturday evening, December 3rd, to address the gender and sexual discrimination found in the Occupy movement. RICADV's Sara Molinaro will be there to discuss the truth about domestic abuse - its cycle of violence and the web of power and control.

Here is line-up for the evening:

  • 6pm - Arrival, organization information booths, art-making, and potluck dinner
  • 7pm - Rally!
  • 8 pm - March
  • 9 pm - Skill-Share: nonviolence workshops, art-making, anti-oppression discussions
  • 11pm - Dance Party
  • 12 pm onward - Sleep-Out at Occupy Providence!

Do you still have doubts about the connection between sexism and economic oppression? Try these:

  • Women constitute 1/2 of the world's population, perform nearly 2/3 of its work hours, receive 1/10 of the world's income and own less than 1/100 of the world's property.
  • 42 percent of America's 1.6 million homeless youth identify as lesbian or gay.
  • Unemployment rates for transgender individuals are twice as high as the general population
  • Women are 35 times more likely to be poor than men.

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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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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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