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    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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    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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  • 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 Sara Squeglia

“Let’s get food at the Red Lobster, my treat” (Happy Gilmore). Sounds like the opening sentence to every girl’s dream night, right? At least that’s what Florida Judge John Hurley thought when he ruled that 39 year-old Sonja Bray go on a date with her husband, after he shoved her onto a sofa and brutally strangled her in their home earlier this week.

Judge Hurley claimed he usually would not handle a case of domestic violence so lightly, but he believed John Bray’s violent abuse towards his wife was “very, very minor” (source: FL newspaper, Sun Sentinel).\

I’m not sure what seafood Judge Hurley was eating, but strangulation by one’s husband does not sound very minor to me. Especially since victims of strangulation are nine times more likely to be murdered by their partner after the incident occurred.

In the courtroom, Judge Hurley questioned Sonja while her husband was present. He asked, point blank, if she had been hurt or was in fear of her husband. Although Sonja claimed she was not, the arrest affidavit tells a slightly different story. Clearly, Sonja was frightened enough to even call the police in the first place. Not to mention the detailed report she gave of the violent actions he had taken towards her. Regardless of these two blatant pieces of evidence, Judge Hurley decided a romantic dinner date, followed by a few games of bowling would cure all the couple’s problems. 

Watch the video of the questioning and ruling here

Most of us hear of this ruling and ask, what happened? All the evidence was there, why didn’t Sonja’s story sway this judge? The problem lies here: Judge Hurley never stopped to consider the impact on Sonja’s responses if her abuser was present during her testimony. It is no secret that the majority of domestic violence victims denies or remains silent about their abuse out of fear for their own life and safety. However, this MAJOR detail never seemed to cross Judge Hurley’s mind. He simply skimmed over Bray’s case, confirmed he had no prior arrests and concluded that he couldn’t possibly be violent in his home if he was not deviant or violent in public.

Judge Hurley was confident that if Sonja was treated to the date from her dreams, (she had been questioned about her favorite restaurant and date-night activities beforehand), all previous issues would quickly dissolve. He ended the ruling by suggesting Bray really go the extra mile this time and pick up some flowers and a birthday card for his wife. Bray had assaulted his wife on her birthday.

Where, as advocates, do we go from here? We see this case and most of us shake our heads at the absurdity of it. But while we do that, Sonja Bray is most likely sitting at a Red Lobster across the table from her abusive husband, feeling hopeless that even the court system has let her down. And every other victim who reads of this case might start to think twice about contacting authorities for fear of being laughed at in the courtroom. Domestic violence will never end if our legislative allies continue to treat these issues with disrespect. This is a call to action: domestic violence is not a joke. All branches of society must come together and address these very tangible issues if we want to foster a society where every woman is safe from abuse.

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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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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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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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