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  • RICADV Symposium

    RICADV Symposium

    Join us at the RI Convention Center on April 11 to hear from Tony Porter, a leading voice on the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and on healthy, respectful manhood. Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to mobilize men and communities to shift attitudes and behaviors that devalue women, girls, and other marginalized groups. Come learn how we can create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful, and all women and girls are valued and safe.
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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: Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Domestic Violence Prevention Fund will Support Five Innovative New Projects that Seek to Prevent Dating and Domestic Violence in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, YWCA Rhode Island, Progreso Latino, Sojourner House, Youth In Action, and Princes 2 Kings are implementing groundbreaking primary prevention programs this year thanks to Rhode Island’s first dedicated funding

[Providence, RI – March 9, 2017] In 2016, recognizing that the prevention of dating and domestic violence is vital to the health of all Rhode Islanders, the Rhode Island General Assembly established the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund (DVPF). The DVPF will be administered by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) and will support evidence-informed primary prevention programs that aim to stop intimate partner violence before it starts. A total of $180,000 in grant funding will be distributed annually.

“For more than ten years, Rhode Island has been at the forefront of primary prevention programs that aim to prevent intimate partner violence,” said Deborah DeBare, Executive Director at the RICADV. “We are excited that this funding will increase the number of schools, community groups, and community-based agencies that are engaged in this work, enabling us to reach diverse communities and populations throughout Rhode Island.”

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cadvpeopleCommunity Members, Bikers, and Domestic Violence Advocates Invited to Memorial Event for Homicide Victim Patricia Gurka

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
CONTACT: Reza Clifton, RICADV: (401) 467-9940, Cell: (401) 497-5246

The event includes a "Bike Run" as well as food, music, and an address by Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director, Deborah DeBare

Pascoag, RI - Family, friends and co-workers of the recently deceased North Smithfield woman, Patricia Gurka, may still be mourning, but they are also busy. That is because they are organizing a Bike Run Memorial and community event to raise awareness and offer suggestions for preventing domestic violence.

The Bike Run Memorial for Patty Gurka is scheduled for Saturday, September 15. The event starts at 10:00 am at Eleanor Slater Hospital, Zambarano Unit (also called Zambarano Hospital and formerly known as Zambarano Memorial Hospital), 2090 Wallum Lake Road, Pascoag, RI. Kickstands "go up" at 10:30 AM with riders and drivers expected to return to the hospital by 12 noon for food, music, giveaways and a speaking program that includes Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Community members who ride a motorcycle or take a car will be asked to contribute $20 per car/bike, and they, in turn, will receive a T-shirt. Proceeds raised at the event will go to the RICADV, an organization working to end domestic violence in RI through its work with six local domestic violence agencies.  These six agencies – Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, the Women's Resource Center, Sojourner House, and Women's Center of RI –provide a wide array of services, including 24 hour hotline support, safety plans for those leaving, emergency shelter, support groups and assistance with the legal system.

Patricia Gurka, who died from injuries sustained in an August 11 car accident, was dating Robert P. Grenier, who was said to be driving the car. Grenier, who is facing charges related to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence, has a criminal record that includes domestic violence charges and convictions, and family and co-workers have stated that Grenier was also abusing Gurka.

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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.

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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

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

T (401) 467-9940
F (401) 467-9943