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  • Get Off the Bench!

    Get Off the Bench!

    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our statewide public awareness campaign "Get Off the Bench!" features URI student athletes saying NO MORE to dating and domestic violence. This October, be on the lookout for the campaign on RIPTA buses, PANDORA, and at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Domestic violence impacts all of us, and will take all of us, together, to end it. How will you “get off the bench”? How will you play your part?
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  • Ten Men Summit

    Ten Men Summit

    Rhode Island men, you're invited to the 3rd annual Ten Men Summit on Thursday, October 27, hosted by Providence College! This event is designed for men and led by men who want to play an active role in preventing domestic violence in our communities. All individuals who identify as male are welcome. Come be a part of the conversation about how men can help prevent violence against women and girls. The event is free to attend! Doors open at 5:00 p.m. A complimentary dinner will be provided, thanks to our generous host and sponsor Providence College. To register, visit
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  • Behind Closed Doors

    Behind Closed Doors

    **TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT** To inquire about the waiting list, please contact Shannon Cordeiro at** Do not miss the final performance of Behind Closed Doors at Trinity Repertory Company this October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Behind Closed Doors is an original play written and performed by 15 survivors of domestic violence from SOAR, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, a task force of the RICADV. The performance is a true account of their experiences with domestic violence, hope, and survival, seeking to draw you into their lives to dispel the stigmas of this often misunderstood abuse.
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  • New Resource for RI

    New Resource for RI

    Now more than ever, people are becoming aware of and outraged by the harmful impacts of domestic violence. With primary prevention, we can stop the violence before it happens in the first place, before people ever become victims or perpetrators of abuse. To learn more, check out this new resource created by the RICADV!
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  • "The Way Home" Charm

    Alex and Ani has partnered with the RICADV and the National Network To End Domestic Violence to launch the CHARITY BY DESIGN charm bangle “The Way Home.” When you purchase your bracelets through the RICADV, 50% of the proceeds go toward supporting our work to end domestic violence in RI. You can purchase bracelets in person at the RICADV’s office in Warwick Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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    At the RICADV, we proactively serve Latino communities and work to raise awareness about the help that 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 17, 2016

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence issues Request for Proposals for programs that aim to prevent domestic violence before it starts

Through the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, $180,000 will be distributed to support local programs that aim to prevent domestic and dating violence

[Tuesday, October 17, 2016 – Warwick, RI] Rhode Island is taking a big step towards preventing domestic violence, as the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) begins accepting proposals for short and long-term programs aimed at stopping intimate partner violence before it starts. 

Thanks to the newly established Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, which was signed into law earlier this year by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, the RICADV will be distributing $180,000 to support evidence-informed domestic violence primary prevention programs in Rhode Island. 

“We are broadening the focus of our work to include domestic violence primary prevention, and investing in long-term strategies to change the social norms that condone domestic violence,” said Deborah DeBare, Executive Director at the RICADV. “Supporting both short and long-term initiatives will enable us to reach diverse communities and populations throughout Rhode Island.” 

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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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    We work with the Rhode Island media to increase awareness about domestic violence, the services and resources available, and the ways the community can get involved. The press can help break the silence and educate the public. Visit the RICADV's "Online Guide for Journalists" for best practices on covering domestic violence.
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    Public awareness campaigns are one way we can keep the issue of domestic violence visible, provide information about community resources, and engage all Rhode Islanders as active bystanders.
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Relationship abuse impacts young people, too. Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI.


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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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Looking to get involved in the movement to end domestic violence?

Visit our Calendar of Events to find 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 domestic violence 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 five 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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