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  • New Report for RI

    New Report for RI

    On February 25, 2016, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence released Domestic Violence Homicides in Rhode Island: 2006-2015, a first-of-its-kind report for the State of Rhode Island. During the past ten years, 54 people lost their lives to domestic violence homicides in Rhode Island over the course of 48 incidents. By analyzing the collective data from these cases, the RICADV has identified trends and patterns that paint the big picture of domestic violence in Rhode Island.
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  • Get Off the Bench!

    Get Off the Bench!

    The RICADV's statewide public awareness campaign "Get Off the Bench!" features URI student athletes saying NO MORE to dating and domestic violence. Click below to watch our public service announcement starring the athletes, which aired on local TV stations throughout October, national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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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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  • Member Agencies

    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

    Latino Outreach

    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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Latest News

OPINION EDITORIAL: It's time to make the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund a reality for Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Already in 2016, four Rhode Islanders have been killed in domestic violence homicides. In the last ten years, 54 lives were lost to domestic violence murders in Rhode Island. These tragedies are all the more abhorrent because we know domestic violence homicides do not come out of nowhere–they often stem from a longstanding pattern of abuse that can rapidly escalate to murder. If there are steps we can take to save even one life, shouldn’t we?
But Rhode Island is failing, and falling behind. Domestic violence is preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), yet currently we have no state funding dedicated to domestic violence prevention!

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Have a Ball and Join the Movement - In Drag:
Domestic Violence Awareness Month and LGBTQ Advocacy

Sojourner House DVAM Calendar
Click on the picture above or here to view the full calendar of events being presented by Sojourner House for Domestic Violence Awareness Month including those designed to serve/recognize the LGBTQ community.

By Kerry Bergin, Domestic Violence Awareness Month Coordinator
and Aida Manduley, Sexual Health Advocate

PROVIDENCE, RI - At Sojourner House, we recognize that violence can happen in all kinds of relationships, and that LGBTQ victims of violence may face unique challenges to accessing resources and support. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "gay and bisexual men experience abuse in intimate partner relationships at a rate...which is comparable to the amount of domestic violence experienced by heterosexual women" and "approximately 50% of the lesbian population has experienced or will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes."

Researchers and advocates have found that, while many aspects of LGBT domestic violence are similar to those experienced by heterosexual victims, it is not identical. Some differences include abusers making threats to "out" victims' sexuality to family and employers or victims not contacting law enforcement agencies for fear of not being believed, or "because doing so would force them to reveal their sexual orientation or gender identity."

As the first domestic violence agency in the state with an LGBTQ advocacy program, Sojourner House honors the pioneers who have come before us and strives to meet the needs of all victims of relationship violence through a diverse array of programs, including expressive arts classes, teen dating violence prevention programs, sexual health education (with a specialization in HIV/AIDS prevention), and more. Sojourner House is committed to increasing its capacity to meet the needs of victims of violence in the LGBTQ community.

We are also proud to partner all year long with activists, artists, and organizations in the LGBTQ community, including the generous Imperial Court of Rhode Island in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Youth Pride, and Rhode Island Pride.

Want to find out more and/or get involved? Check out,, or call (401) 861-6191. Or, join us one of our upcoming Domestic Violence Awareness Month events; all proceeds will benefit Sojourner House's violence prevention and safe housing programs in Rhode Island:

Thursday, Oct. 4th 7PM - 9PM
Chan's Restaurant, Woonsocket
"Drag Drop Soup"
Hosted by Empress II and Regent Empress XVII Lee Daniels of the Imperial Court of Rhode Island. Tickets: $10

Saturday, Oct. 6th, 5PM-9PM,
Fete Lounge, Providence
"A Walk in Their Shoes" Fashion Show Featuring Shangela of RuPaul's Drag Race!
Hosted by Willard Magnus Vareon Sinklair & Asia, with guest appearances by Nefertitty and Jess B Kitten. Tickets: $10 - $20; Afterparty at the Dark Lady, Snow St. in Providence.

Friday, Oct. 26th, 7-11PM
Providence Biltmore Hotel
The 2nd Annual Sojourner House Masquerade Ball
Hosted by Empress XVIII Jacqueline DiMera of the Imperial Court of Rhode Island. Featuring live music, silent and live auction, signature drinks and desserts, and special guest appearances!

Plus don't Miss OUT: Shangela of RuPaul's Drag Race is coming to Providence!
(Drag to End Domestic Violence)


Blog postings and user comments reflect the opinions of the responsible contributor only, and do not reflect the viewpoint of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence does not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of any posting. The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence accepts no obligation to review every posting, but reserves the right (but not the obligation) to delete postings that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate.

Communications Center

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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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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
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

T (401) 467-9940

F (401) 467-9943