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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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  • 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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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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How and Why I volunteer at Women's Center of RI

By Delrita Butler

To be quite honest, I didn't have a background that I believed qualified me to help women in distress.  But the time had come for me to stretch myself and do more for our world community.  You see, I truly believe that every contribution brings us one step closer to healing our planet – a planet where, in all corners, battered women are raising our children. 

As a culture we can't survive without our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends, but we know that those same people are often the victims of abuse.  So knowing that women are the glue in the lives of families, decision makers, politicians and healers, I wanted to help strengthen them.  That is the reason I ended up at the Women's Center of Rhode Island (WCRI) – an organization that offers a safe place to make new choices with support, counseling and people who genuinely care.

A New Beginning, Slow and Steady

I started by giving my time doing what I was comfortable doing.  I know that women who have suffered abuse need our support and alternative ways to end the cycle of domestic violence, but I started by making phone calls, stuffing envelopes and handing out informative brochures.  I also collected used cell phones and participated in community outreach programs.  I even cleaned out a donation closet and took inventory of needed clothing.  It was easy, I was within my comfort zone, and I felt good about it.

Soon, I was asked to step up and participate by answering the WCRI 24 hour helpline.

Jumping in, Anxiety and All

Answering the helpline felt like more of a commitment and made me feel a little anxious.  I didn't have any counseling skills and I wasn't sure I was capable of talking to women in distress.  Still, I agreed to take the training and I am so glad I did!

The helpline training was very comprehensive, for it was structured to give participants written support materials, lectures, and role-playing exercises.  The sessions also consisted of remarks from women and discussions with them that included first-hand accounts detailing the ordeals they had personally overcome to successfully transform their lives.  Though painful to listen to, their struggles and courageous attitudes gave me hope.

After my training I was assigned a partner to shadow me while I spoke to the women on the phone; someone literally had my back!  With someone sitting next to me and picking up the phone if I got in a jam, I felt assured.  I would learn at my own pace and not worry about making mistakes that might hurt the caller.

Meet a Happy and Healthy Volunteer and Join Me

Well, I am now answering the helpline independently, and I feel like I have found the best of the volunteer experiences.  Plus, I hadn't counted on the transformation I would undergo; yet I get to change the world one person at a time and grow exponentially! I work with caring, insightful, intelligent people who want the best for the women involved in abusive relationships – and the best for me, a volunteer.  If you are interested in improving the lives of others while growing personally, I encourage you to contact the Women's Center of Rhode Island to inquire about volunteer opportunities.  Tell them Delrita sent you.


Meet volunteers and staff members from the Women's Center of Rhode Island at their two upcoming Domestic Violence Awareness Month events or contact them by phone at 401-861-2761:

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – The Women's Center of RI presents Byron Hurts' film "Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" at the MET School Black Box Theater, 325 Public Street, Providence, RI.  Doors open at 6pm; film to begin at 6:30pm, followed by a panel and community discussion.
  • Sunday, October 28, 2012 – "STOMP Out Domestic Violence" Fashion Show II at Fete Music, 103 Dike Street, Providence, RI.  Organized by the Empowerment Movement to benefit the Women's Center of Rhode Island, doors open at 2pm and the show begins at 3pm. 

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.

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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
online 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 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.


Contact Details

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

T (401) 467-9940

F (401) 467-9943