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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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  • Ten Men

    Ten Men

    Ten Men is an integral part of the RICADV's statewide plan to prevent intimate partner violence in Rhode Island. By engaging RI men as community leaders to become more knowledgeable, visible, and mobilized, we aim to change the harmful gender norms that perpetuate men’s violence against women and girls. #TenMenRI
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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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  • 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Homicide of Andres Arguijo Acosta

We were deeply saddened to learn about the homicide of Andres Arguijo Acosta, a 33-year-old Providence man who was murdered by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend on Saturday morning. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends, especially his girlfriend and his three children. Andres’ death is the seventh domestic violence murder in Rhode Island in 2016, and the second in as many days in Providence.
 
Rhode Island law only recognizes domestic violence in crimes that occur between those directly involved in an abusive relationship, but the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence tracks any homicide incident where domestic violence leads to the loss of life in Rhode Island communities, including cases in which bystanders and children are killed.
 
It is important to recognize that abuse does not only affect the victim; abusers often target bystanders – especially family members, pets, or new dating partners – in order to exert power and control over their victim. Harming or killing someone who is loved by the victim is domestic violence. There is no way around this fact, and we cannot hold back on calling this horrific act what it is – a domestic violence murder.
 
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U.S. Senator Jack Reed Joins RICADV & Sojourner House to Urge for Renewal of the Landmark Violence Against Women Act

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Press Release from Senator Reed's office

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Domestic abuse and sexual violence are serious problems that must be addressed. But efforts to pass legislation that would help thousands of victims escape their abusers is being blocked by some in Congress.

Today, U.S. Senator Jack Reed joined advocates from Sojourner House and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence in calling for action and swift passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), the federal law which provides Rhode Island with funds for hotlines, shelters, and training and education for nurses and law enforcement to help prevent domestic violence and protect victims from their abusers.

"The Violence Against Women Act is literally a lifeline that helps victims escape their abusers. Without critical support from VAWA and places like Sojourner House and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, victims and their kids can remain trapped in abusive situations and the cycle of violence continues. VAWA is effective. It saves lives and taxpayer dollars. It should be renewed so we can build on effective programs like the ones at Sojourner House that are making a real difference in people's lives," said Reed, a member of the Appropriations subcommittee which oversees federal funding for the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women programs.

 "The Violence Against Women Act has provided a mechanism for local community-based agencies like Sojourner House to provide critical services to survivors and victims of domestic violence on a daily basis. We praise Senator Reed and the rest of Rhode Island's Congressional delegation for supporting the re-authorization of VAWA, which would allow these services to be made available to all individuals who may need to access them," said Vanessa Volz, Executive Director of Sojourner House, which offers 24-hour assistance to victims of domestic violence, providing emergency support and crisis intervention, shelter, counseling, and legal advocacy.

"For nearly two decades, the Violence Against Women Act has had bipartisan support in Congress and has provided Rhode Island with vital funding and critical protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We applaud Senator Reed for his leadership in helping to fully fund VAWA and help the most vulnerable members of our community. We are counting on Congress to work toward a bipartisan bill that remains true to and builds upon VAWA's two decades of success in protecting all victims of domestic and sexual violence," said Zulma Garcia, Director of Policy for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

According to the most recent statistics from the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 15,000 hotline/helpline calls were answered and over 10,000 domestic violence victims in Rhode Island sought services in 2010.

While the U.S. Senate recently voted 61-38 to pass a bipartisan version of VAWA (every female Republican Senator voted for the reauthorization bill), the U.S. House of Representatives refuses to act on the bipartisan version and instead has insisted on trying to roll back existing law and remove long-standing protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Sojourner House offers a comprehensive network of support that helps victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives, piece by piece. The center provides emergency support and crisis intervention, shelter, counseling, and legal advocacy, and addresses any other special needs a victim might have. Additionally, the agency supports the Rhode Island community in domestic violence prevention by offering a variety of educational and awareness programs. Since 1976, Sojourner House has served over 50,000 individuals.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) was formed in 1979 to support and enhance the work of our member agencies, and to provide statewide leadership on the issue of domestic violence. The RICADV and its taskforce of survivors, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR), work to end domestic violence, create justice for victims, and create awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island through work on prevention, public policy, and media outreach.

"This really is a life or death issue for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We need a strong, inclusive Violence Against Women Act that protects all victims. Congress needs to work together to strengthen and renew VAWA," concluded Reed.

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?

Visit our Calendar of Events to find local and
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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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