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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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    Behind Closed Doors

    **TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT** To inquire about the waiting list, please contact Shannon Cordeiro at shannon@ricadv.org.** 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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  • 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 http://bit.ly/TenMenSummit.
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    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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    Oprima el botón “Read More” para acceder a nuestro sitio web en Español.

    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: Friday, September 30, 2016
 
Letter to the Editor: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 
 

The month of October brings many traditions to Rhode Island: hay rides, pumpkin carving, and apple picking, among others. It also marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, honoring the 1 in 8 women who will develop the illness in their lifetime.

Many do not realize that October is also the national awareness month for a less frequently discussed, but equally important, public health issue: domestic violence.

1 in 4 Rhode Islanders will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. In fact, 1 in 10 Rhode Island high schoolers report that they have already experienced physical dating violence. Because RI communities are so close-knit, we have all witnessed the suffering caused by domestic violence, or know someone who has.

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by Chris Wilhite

The RI General Assembly is currently considering legislation that would make strangulation a felony domestic assault. In fact 30 other states have already passed this type of law.

If your partner strangles you they are telling you that they hold your life in their hands and have the power to end it. And if you call the police right now in Rhode Island, your abuser will be charged with simple assault, which is a misdemeanor.

Simple assault!

For a deadly act of abuse. Not only is strangulation deadly (it only takes a few seconds to strangle someone to death), but someone who has been strangled or choked by their partner is almost 10 times more likely to be murdered by that partner than someone who has not. In addition, injuries sustained from strangulation assaults can cause such effects as neurological damage sustained from the lack of oxygen to the brain. Strangulation assaults can also lead to miscarriage. So, in Rhode Island, we charge an abuser who has strangled his or her partner with simple assault misdemeanor.

It would take your abuser three times to do that to you, get arrested and then convicted before he or she is actually charged with a felony.

But wait a second. Recently, Justice Assistance released a report that showed that half or more of all misdemeanor domestic assault cases were dismissed last year. This is an alarming upward trend in dismissals of domestic violence misdemeanors in Rhode Island's District Courts. In some towns, Justice Assistance found dismissal rates as high as 80%!

So, with that new lens, if your abuser strangles you, what do you do? If you call the police, he or she might be charged with a misdemeanor simple assault, which is more likely than not to be dismissed by the court.

So, remind me, why would you call the police in Rhode Island?

This is a shameful gap of accountability in Rhode Island. I'm sure that no state decision maker wants to allow domestic violence to continue. Especially since murder is the ultimate expression of domestic violence.

But if Rhode Island's legal system is serious about stopping domestic violence homicides, then it must start with stopping domestic violence by holding abusers accountable.

First, we need to drastically cut the rate of dismissals for domestic assault misdemeanors in Rhode Island. It is simply outrages that we are giving abusers "a free pass" in the words of Scott MacKay.

Second, we need to pass a law that makes strangulation in domestic relationships a felony assault.

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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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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.

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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 http://smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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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