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We're celebrating 35 years this October
during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)!

Join us for our Anniversary Luncheon & VIP Event with
Lisa Leslie on October 9. Plus Behind Closed Doors is
back this year for its third annual
performance with
Trinity Repertory Company.

Tickets are available for each event below (just click the image).

Stay tuned - our DVAM digital campaign will launch on October 1!

 

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 We're excited to invite you to the return of the award-winning play about domestic violence, hope and survival, Behind Closed Doors. Performed and written by survivors of domestic violence from SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), a task force of the RICADV, the play weaves together the struggles and victories they endured in a narrative that takes us on their collective journeys
from victims to survivors.

 

 

 

One Night Only:
Behind Closed Doors, the Award-Winning Play about Domestic Violence, Hope and Survival, Returns to Trinity Rep Amid Heightened National Awareness

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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