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  • No More Silence

    No More Silence

    1 in 4 Rhode Islanders is a victim of abuse. They are our loved ones, neighbors, coworkers, and friends, and they are counting on us to make it our business. It is time for all of us to break the silence, learn about the warning signs, and help end domestic violence.
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  • Prevention is Possible

    Prevention is Possible

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, domestic violence is preventable. We can stop violence before it happens in the first place, before people ever become victims or perpetrators of abuse. To learn more, check out this prevention resource created by the RICADV!
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  • Paper Crane Bangle

    Paper Crane Bangle

    We are so excited to partner with ALEX AND ANI and the National Network to End Domestic Violence on the brand new "Paper Crane" Charity By Design bangle. When you purchase your bracelet 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 AM to 5 PM.
  • No Más Silencio

    No Más Silencio

    Para acceder a nuestro sitio web en Español: www.ricadv.org/es/ayuda-y-servicios

    We engage Latino communities in Rhode Island, translating our materials and building partnerships to help end domestic violence. We strive to raise awareness about the help that is available in our state for those impacted by abuse and the ways we can all get involved to end it.

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Latest News


Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Homicide of Maniriho Nkinamubanzi

By Vanessa Volz, Executive Director, Sojourner House, and Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

[Providence, RI – Thursday, November 16, 2017] Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and community of Maniriho Nkinamubanzi, who was killed in Providence last Friday by her estranged husband, Bosco Tukamuhabwa. We grieve this tragic loss of life and extend our deepest condolences to all who have been impacted by this heinous crime, the fourth domestic violence homicide of 2017.

Maniriho was a refugee from the Congo, who was working to build a better life for herself and her family in Rhode Island. We are particularly devastated for Maniriho’s four children. No child should ever have to experience the loss of their mother through such tragedy or endure the suffering caused by violence in the home.

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Don't delay strangle ban

By Deborah DeBare

The Providence Journal, May 20th 2012

He "started yelling at me, and he held me up against the refrigerator, choking me. I didn't know what to do. I was fading. I didn't know what was going on. All I knew was that I fell to the ground," testified Carmen Cruz, a domestic-violence survivor, to the Judiciary Committee of the Rhode Island House. "This happens all the time with abuse," she added.

Though Cruz survived, she endured many more years of abuse, including an attempt on her life when her abuser shot her in front of her children and grandchildren.

Cruz's story is familiar to domestic-violence survivors. Strangulation is a very common and dangerous form of domestic assault. Domestic violence is about power and control, and strangulation is one way that power can be violently asserted. When your abuser strangles you, he is telling you that he holds your life in his hands and he has the power to end it.

Even if a victim is lucky enough to survive a strangulation assault, she can suffer debilitating injuries, including brain damage, miscarriage, impaired breathing, vision damage and hearing damage. Additionally, a strangulation assault is a powerful indication that the violence in the relationship is escalating toward murder. A November 2003 study in the National Institute of Justice Journal found that a domestic-violence victim who has been strangled is 9.9 times more likely to be murdered by the abuser later in the relationship.

There is no question that strangulation is just as dangerous and damaging as other forms of felony assault. Yet here in Rhode Island, we still treat these crimes as misdemeanor simple assaults, punishable by less than a year in prison. In fact, fewer than 1 percent of those charged with misdemeanor domestic-violence assault in 2011 served any jail time. Meanwhile, a report by Justice Assistance shows that almost 60 percent of misdemeanor domestic-violence charges in Rhode Island between December 2011 and February 2012 were dismissed.

In the last six years alone, 30 other states have passed felony assault laws specific to domestic-violence strangulation, including our neighbors in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Police and prosecutors in New York found the law so useful that they were able to apply it to more than 2,000 cases in the first 15 weeks. Law-enforcement officers everywhere have found these statutes to be an invaluable tool for holding the most dangerous batterers accountable for their crimes.

In Rhode Island, we've seen tragic results when law enforcement has not had access to the tools they need to keep victims safe. A 2009 Johnston Police report describes the red marks visible on the neck of Stacie Dorego, a young mother who stated that she was attacked and strangled by her boyfriend, Donald Greenslit. The misdemeanor charges filed against the abuser were eventually dismissed. In January, Dorego was found murdered and dismembered in Johnston, and Green-slit was arrested and charged with first-degree domestic-violence homicide. If law enforcement had been able to charge Greenslit with a felony in 2009, it is possible that Dorego would still be alive today, and her children would still have their mother.

We urge the leadership of the General Assembly to ensure that the anti-strangulation bill (S-2147, H-7242) becomes law this year. In 2011, the bill received overwhelming support from both chambers of the Assembly, and this year it has also received endorsements from the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association, the state attorney general, the state chapter of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and the state chapter of the National Organization for Women.

The anti-strangulation bill cannot wait. Law-enforcement officials urgently need this powerful tool to protect Rhode Islanders and prevent domestic-violence homicides. Pass the bill before we lose another life.

Deborah DeBare is executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Communications Center

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month +

    We conduct statewide public awareness campaigns each October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to keep the issue of domestic violence visible, provide information about community resources, and engage Rhode Islanders in helping to end abuse.
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  • Online Guide for Journalists +

    We work with the Rhode Island media to ensure that press coverage on domestic violence increases awareness about the issue, provides information about available resources, and engages the community to help end abuse. Visit the RICADV's Online Guide for Journalists for best practices on covering domestic violence.
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Abusive relationships impact young people, too. Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI.

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  • 35 Years of Progress

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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, click on the box at 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 tips on how to use the Internet and technology safely if you are in an abusive situation, 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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AmazonSmile-webWhat is AmazonSmile?

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.

spotlight image lisaleslie35th Anniversary Celebration

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.

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

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Warwick, RI 02888-1539

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