• Teen Dating Violence

    Teen Dating Violence

    February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month! Did you know? Nearly 1 in 10 RI high schoolers has already experienced physical dating violence. Fortunately, there is a law in Rhode Island that requires all middle schools and high schools to have a policy and teach everyone about the issue—it’s called the Lindsay Ann Burke Act. Students, parents, and educators, it’s up to all of us to make sure this law is being implemented in our schools! Together, we can prevent dating violence.
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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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  • 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 male 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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  • 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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Teen Dating Violence Impacts Young Rhode Islanders – Our Schools and Communities Can Play a Role in Prevention

This February, national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence has released a Policy Evaluation Report on the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, Rhode Island’s comprehensive teen dating violence education law

[Providence, RI – February 6, 2018] Teen dating violence is a serious issue affecting 8.8% of Rhode Island high school students, according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. When it comes to young Rhode Islanders who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, the number more than doubles to 23%.

“Research tells us that teen victims of dating violence are much more likely than their peers who have not experienced dating violence to drink, use drugs, have an eating disorder, or attempt suicide. They are also more likely to have experienced sexual assault or bullying,” said Lucy Rios, Director of Prevention and Communications for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). “As parents, educators, and community members, we owe it to our young people to raise the visibility of this issue and do everything we can to address and prevent this type of abuse.”

That is why this February, during national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the RICADV is spotlighting the release of its recent report on the Lindsay Ann Burke Act, Rhode Island’s comprehensive teen dating violence education law.

The report paints a picture of how the Act is being implemented in Rhode Island, ten years after its momentous passage in 2007.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Sunday, October 28, 2012
CONTACT:  Cristina Williams at RICADV; Phone: (401) 467-9940; Cell: (917) 940-3729

CANCELLATION
The Play Behind Closed Doors and Media Dress Rehearsal
To Be Held At Trinity Repertory Company Dowling Theater on
Monday, October 29 Have Been Postponed Due To Hurricane Sandy

[Providence, R.I.] The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) and Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR) today announced the cancellation of the play, Behind Closed Doors, that was to be held on Monday, October 29 at Trinity Repertory Company's Dowling Theater. The media dress rehearsal that was slated for 2 p.m. has also been canceled. Trinity Repertory Company's building is being closed as a precautionary measure as Governor Lincoln Chafee has issued a state of emergency and officials are warning residents of the strong potential for power outages and flooding throughout Rhode Island.

"Unfortunately, the unpredictability of this storm has required us to adjust our plans for Behind Closed Doors to ensure the safety of our attendees," said Deborah DeBare, executive director of RICADV. "We appreciate the tremendous support we have received for this groundbreaking effort and are working on additional performance dates."

A new date for the Trinity Repertory Company performance should be announced later this week. All tickets to the October 29 performance will be honored.

An additional performance at the University of Rhode Island has been slated for early December 2012. More information can be obtained by visiting soarinri.org within the coming weeks.

"Behind Closed Doors" is an original play written and performed by 15 survivors of domestic violence from SOAR, a task force of RICADV. This performance is a true account of their experiences with domestic violence, hope and survival, and seeks to draw you into their lives to dispel the stigmas of this often misunderstood abuse. The script was crafted by Trinity Repertory Company teaching artists Michael Williams and Francesca Montanile, who mentored the SOAR members in cultivating their performances. The play was developed over ten 90-minute sessions in which the survivors journaled, wrote poetry and told stories that were weaved into a play composed completely of their own words. The women speak both their own words and the words of their fellow survivors. All proceeds from "Behind Closed Doors" benefit SOAR/RICADV in raising awareness towards ending domestic violence.

SOAR's mission is to promote, advocate and work towards the elimination of domestic violence and to embody and give visibility to the voices of abused women.

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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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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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Do you want to help end domestic violence in your community?

Visit our Calendar of Events to find ways to get involved!

To stay up to date on the work we do and how you can play your part, sign up to receive RICADV emails.

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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.

Lisa Leslie Says No More35th 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

Our network of member agencies provides comprehensive emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Services include 24-hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system. For more information, call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100 or click here.

Contact Details

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Warwick, RI 02888-1539

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