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    We are excited to present our new responsive website to Rhode Island. Here you will find information on various topics related to domestic violence and the work we are doing to end it. The site is designed to provide resources to individuals experiencing abuse so that they can get the help they need. It is also a valuable tool for people who want to help and for those who want to get involved. Check back often for updates, and share your feedback with us so that we can better serve you.

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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

    Oprima el botón “Read More” para acceder a nuestro sitio web en Español.

    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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  • Communities Can Help

    Last October, we launched our KNOW MORE. DO MORE. campaign in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Our goal was to help different sectors of the community – including health care, the workplace, faith, and Latino communities – take action to end domestic violence. When communities take a stand as leaders on this issue, individuals are more likely to have the support they need to act. That's when we'll see real change in Rhode Island. That's how we'll put a stop to domestic violence. Learn more about our 2014 campaign by clicking below.

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  • We Give Support.

    As coworkers, employers, businesses and organizations, we have the ability to help those experiencing domestic violence. The workplace often serves as a location where abusers can readily access their victims, and relationship abuse can greatly impact victims' job performance in other ways, too; for instance, victims lose an estimated 8 million days of paid work each year due to domestic violence, the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs. These problems only serve to exacerbate the financial abuse that occurs in 98% of abusive relationships. An easy way to begin creating a safe workplace environment is to display materials on domestic violence in visible, accessible areas. Click below to view DVAM 2014 posters that you can hang in your office.

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  • We Listen.

    Health care providers are often the first to learn about the domestic violence that their patients may be experiencing and are in a unique position to help prevent future abuse. Listening to patients is a critical first step. During DVAM 2014, the RICADV connected with members of Rhode Island's health care community to help them know more about the steps they can take to address domestic violence. We partnered with the Rhode Island Medical Society, which published an article written by RICADV staff in the October issue of Rhode Island Medical Journal. View the article by clicking below.

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Latest News

Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Homicide in Middletown

By Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

[Providence, RI – August 25, 2015] “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Rachael S. Kilroy, who was murdered earlier today. This tragedy is the second domestic violence homicide to occur this week, a harrowing reminder that domestic violence is a widespread epidemic, one that knows no boundaries and affects all communities.

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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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    Communicating the work to end domestic violence is vital. Visit our Communications Center and The Newsroom to KNOW MORE. Read More
  • Public Awareness +

    Raising awareness to end domestic violence is part of our mission. Learn how we keep the issue visible in our communities. Read More
  • Handbook for Journalists +

    The media can help break the silence and educate the public. Visit our online guide for journalists covering domestic violence.
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Teen Center

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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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Looking to get involved in the movement to end domestic violence
or just want to KNOW MORE?

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

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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.


Contact Details

422 Post Road, Suite 102
Warwick, RI 02888-1539

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