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  • Ten Men Summit

    Ten Men Summit

    Rhode Island men, you're invited to the 3rd annual Ten Men Summit on Thursday, October 27, hosted by Providence College! This event is designed for men and led by men who want to play an active role in preventing domestic violence in our communities. All individuals who identify as male are welcome. Come be a part of the conversation about how men can help prevent violence against women and girls. The event is free to attend! Doors open at 5:00 p.m. A complimentary dinner will be provided, thanks to our generous host and sponsor Providence College. To register, visit
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  • Get Off the Bench!

    Get Off the Bench!

    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our statewide public awareness campaign "Get Off the Bench!" features URI student athletes saying NO MORE to dating and domestic violence. This October, be on the lookout for the campaign on RIPTA buses, PANDORA, and at the Dunkin Donuts Center. Domestic violence impacts all of us, and will take all of us, together, to end it. How will you “get off the bench”? How will you play your part?
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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 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 17, 2016

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence issues Request for Proposals for programs that aim to prevent domestic violence before it starts

Through the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, $180,000 will be distributed to support local programs that aim to prevent domestic and dating violence

[Tuesday, October 17, 2016 – Warwick, RI] Rhode Island is taking a big step towards preventing domestic violence, as the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) begins accepting proposals for short and long-term programs aimed at stopping intimate partner violence before it starts. 

Thanks to the newly established Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, which was signed into law earlier this year by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, the RICADV will be distributing $180,000 to support evidence-informed domestic violence primary prevention programs in Rhode Island. 

“We are broadening the focus of our work to include domestic violence primary prevention, and investing in long-term strategies to change the social norms that condone domestic violence,” said Deborah DeBare, Executive Director at the RICADV. “Supporting both short and long-term initiatives will enable us to reach diverse communities and populations throughout Rhode Island.” 

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NNEDV Applauds Obama Administration's Proposed Gun Violence Policies

NNEDV Urges that Domestic Violence Homicides Be Addressed

January 16, 2013 - The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) applauds the recommendations put forward today by President Obama and Vice President Biden in response to the devastating impact of gun violence. The very fact that the Administration has undertaken this initiative represents a significant step forward in making our country a safer place.

"This Administration cares deeply about both gun violence and violence against women," said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of NNEDV. "The incidence of domestic violence homicide sits squarely at the intersection of these two important policy priorities."

More than three women a day, on average, are killed by an intimate partner, and guns play a large role in the level of lethality. We know that access to firearms dramatically increases the risk of intimate partner homicide, compared to instances where there are no weapons, and that abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners. Congress and the Administration must support targeted, effective policies that respond to the crisis of domestic violence homicide.

"Domestic violence is not a tangential issue," said Gandy. "It must be interwoven into the overall response to gun violence. The protections and restrictions on guns announced today will reduce the risks for victims of domestic violence, indeed for all people, and we are grateful to the Obama Administration for putting them forward. There is also a need for specific policies that focus on the particular risk that guns pose to victims of domestic violence."

The president's call for universal background checks will make a particular impact on victims of domestic violence. The lifesaving Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban already prohibits gun possession by those convicted of domestic abuse or who are subject to a domestic violence restraining order – indeed one study showed this restriction as the second most common reason for denial of handgun purchase applications. Yet many of those individuals have been able to access guns through private sale, on the Internet, or at a gun show, where background checks are not required, and the results have been devastating.

Legislation must close the private gun sale loophole, including Internet and gun show sales of firearms, and implement required background checks for all those seeking to purchase guns. This will dramatically reduce batterers' access to unregulated firearms.

There must also be increased federal support for consistent implementation of the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban. Limited resources at the state and local level have hampered the positive impact of this legislation, and federal resources are needed to ensure that it is applied fully, consistently and effectively. There must also be support and funding for domestic violence homicide reduction initiatives and lethality assessments, and prioritizing of best practices in the development of model policies and protocol for law enforcement agencies in responding to domestic violence homicides. These funding investments must be matched by investment in services, as victim service providers see increases in referrals as these initiatives are implemented.

Finally, in addition to congressional action on all of the president's recommendations, Congress must also act promptly to lift restrictions that have prevented research on gun violence prevention by the Center for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies and partners.

"We should all be outraged over how many women are killed by gun violence. When abusers have access to firearms, victims are in grave danger," concluded Gandy.

Contact: Cindy Southworth, NNEDV, 202-543-5566 (o) or 202-431-2499 (m);


Domestic Violence and Firearms in Rhode Island

The high number of domestic violence deaths caused by firearms illustrates the extreme dangers that guns can bring to a home.  Nearly 50 percent of the 196 domestic violence deaths in Rhode Island since 1980 have been caused by firearms.  The presence of firearms greatly increases the danger not just for domestic violence victims, but also for bystanders – of the 33 domestic violence attacks on record resulting in multiple deaths, only 6 of those were not committed with guns and EVERY death of a child in those incidents was caused by a firearm.

RICADV has made many advances to address this very serious issue.  Two critical achievements are highlighted below:

The Homicide Prevention Act
RICADV successfully advocated for the passage of the Homicide Prevention Act that removes guns from domestic violence abusers with a restraining order against them.

Domestic Violence and Firearms: A Model Protocol
The purpose of this project was to develop a model policy for Rhode Island's law enforcement agencies to use when responding to domestic violence calls involving firearms.  Click here for the report.

Please click here for the Firearms Fact Sheet with additional statistics on the relationship between guns and domestic violence cases.

Contact: Cristina Williams, RICADV, (401) 467-9940 (o) or (917) 940-3729 (m);

Communications Center

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    We work with the Rhode Island media to increase awareness about domestic violence, the services and resources available, and the ways the community can get involved. The press can help break the silence and educate the public. Visit the RICADV's "Online Guide for Journalists" for best practices on covering domestic violence.
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    Public awareness campaigns are one way we can keep the issue of domestic violence visible, provide information about community resources, and engage all Rhode Islanders as active bystanders.
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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, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, 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.


Contact Details

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

T (401) 467-9940

F (401) 467-9943