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  • Love is Respect!

    Love is Respect!

    February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. For information and ways to get involved, visit our Teen Center, or head over to loveisrespect.org, a leading national resource. We all have the ability to help someone experiencing dating violence. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Together, our collective actions can make a big difference. How will you play your part?
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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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  • 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 Communities

    Latino Communities

    Oprima el botón “Read More” para acceder a nuestro sitio web en Español.

    At the RICADV, we proactively engage 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 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: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Statement Regarding the Arraignment of Elaine Yates

By Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
 

[Providence, RI – January 18, 2017] In 1985, when Elaine Yates and her two daughters disappeared from their Warwick home, no laws against domestic violence existed in Rhode Island. It was not until 1988 that legislation went into effect making domestic violence a crime.

Prior to 1988, the landscape was much different for someone who was being battered in Rhode Island. Back then, it was not illegal for husbands to abuse their wives, and victims of abuse had no legal recourse. If a woman was being abused, she could not turn to law enforcement or the criminal justice system for help. There were very few options for safety, while crisis services and legal protections were practically nonexistent. It was not uncommon for victims of domestic violence to leave their homes with their children in order to stay safe, often going out of state and even changing their identities to protect themselves and their loved ones. At that time, advocates would often help battered women and their children flee to “underground” shelters, made up of a grassroots network of people’s homes and confidential community spaces. The stark reality was that the potential legal ramifications for victims who fled with their children were far outweighed by the risks and danger they might face if they stayed.

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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

  • Online Guide for Journalists +

    We work with statewide and local media to increase awareness about domestic violence, the services and resources available for people impacted by abuse, and the ways the community can get involved to help. Visit the RICADV's Online Guide for Journalists for best practices in covering domestic violence.
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  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month +

    We conduct statewide public awareness campaigns during October, national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), as a way to break the silence and stigma around domestic violence, raise up the voices and experiences of survivors, provide information about help and resources, and educate and engage our communities.
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Abusive relationships impact young people, too. Nearly 1 in 10 Rhode Island high schoolers has already experienced physical dating violence. Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI.

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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.

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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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. Formed in 1979, the organization provides support to its member agencies, strives to create justice for victims, and provides leadership on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island.

Member Agencies

The RICADV's network of member agencies provide comprehensive services to victims, including emergency shelter, support groups, counseling, 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.

Contact

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