Press "Esc" to Quick Escape

A new tab will open and this page will redirect to Google.
X

transparent

  • 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
    Read More
  • Get Off the Bench!

    Get Off the Bench!

    Our current public awareness campaign "Get Off the Bench!" features URI student athletes saying NO MORE to dating and domestic violence. 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?
    Read More
  • 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!
    Read More
  • "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.
    Read More
  • 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.

    Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

The Newsroom

thenewsroom main

Latest News

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.” 

. . .

Read More: Latest News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 9, 2013

CONTACT: Cristina Williams, RICADV: (401) 467-9940, Cell: (917) 940-3729 

Local Task Force of Domestic Violence Survivors Receives National Award for Innovative Solutions and Local Support for Raising Awareness

Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR) celebrates Mary Byron award and success of domestic violence play, Behind Closed Doors, which was funded by The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) and raises awareness about domestic violence in a non-traditional format

[Providence] SOAR, a task force of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) comprised of survivors of domestic violence, has recently received both national and local support for creating innovative solutions to raise awareness about domestic violence.   Behind Closed Doors is one such solution.  The play recently debuted to an engaged and full audience (including Attorney General Kilmartin) at Trinity Repertory Dowling Theater on December 10, 2012—The Women's Center Peer Advocates and Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of Rhode Island sponsored a successful, special preview screening on December 7 to help raise awareness about dating violence to a younger demographic.  Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest levels of this abuse, almost triple the national average.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, who attended the performance, said, "It was the most compelling presentation regarding domestic violence I have seen. With real-life stories presented in a creative way, the play took the audience from early warning signs of domestic violence, to psychological control and physical abuse, to escape and finally ongoing survivorship; it encompassed all aspects of the cycle of violence. The strength of the fifteen women presenting their stories was inspiring on many levels. Everyone should view this play, especially young people starting out in new relationships."

[Click here for SOAR history, accomplishments and areas of work.]

Local Supporters

RISCA:

Locally, The Rhode Island Council on the Arts (RISCA) gave SOAR a grant to develop and produce Behind Closed Doors as part of the Arts Access Grant Program.   Established in 1967, RISCA is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community.  The organization envisions a Rhode Island where all people have an opportunity to participate in the arts, where the arts contribute to the social, economic and educational well-being of our state, and where the arts are valued by all Rhode Islanders as an integral part of life.

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island was the title sponsor for the opening night performance of Behind Closed Doors at the Trinity Repertory Dowling Theater.  As a local nonprofit, the organization strives to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to them - from fiscal resources to the environment - to help all Rhode Islanders improve their health.  They invest in initiatives and programs addressing critical issues impacting the health of their community.

TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY:

Trinity Repertory Company became a local supporter of SOAR when they championed the Behind Closed Doors play.  Back in October at the RICADV press conference for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, guests (including Senators Reed and Whitehouse, Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline, and Attorney General Kilmartin) gave great reviews after witnessing a special preview performance of the play, which consisted of three individual experiences of domestic violence shared in three unique formats.

Michael Williams, Education Outreach Coordinator for Trinity Repertory Company, says of the his experience working on the play: "As a theatremaker and citizen, I am saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault by using the arts and theatre to shine light on an issue that has been kept silent for far too long.  By sitting in a room with these incredible women, seeing their faces, hearing their words and sharing in their struggles and triumphs, together we can gain a greater understanding of domestic violence and sexual assault and charge ourselves and our community to enact change.  It is a humbling experience indeed to work with such courageous, driven, endlessly creative women," he added.

National Supporters

MARY BYRON PROJECT:

Nationally, SOAR became one of only four recent recipients of the highly competitive Mary Bryon Award Celebrating Solutions to end domestic violence.  The Mary Byron Project – Fostering Innovations and Strategies to End Domestic Violence – was established in memory of the young woman whose murder led to the creation of VINE® (Victim Information and Notification Everyday).  As a nationally recognized thought leader on domestic violence, the Mary Byron Project cultivates and supports efforts that extend beyond crisis management to attack the root causes of this epidemic and help build safer, healthier communities.  Learn more at www.marybyronproject.org.     

Of the recipients, Marcia Roth, executive director of the Mary Byron Project, said "these are four wonderful organizations that are working tirelessly to put an end to domestic violence.  The Mary Byron Project is proud to recognize them for the great work they are doing."

 


About Behind Closed Doors:

Behind Closed Doors is an original play written and performed by 15 survivors of domestic violence from SOAR. 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 to end domestic violence.

About SOAR:

Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR) is a nationally recognized task force of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence made up of survivors of domestic violence.  SOAR is the only group in Rhode Island specifically working on systems change that consists entirely of survivors of domestic violence and is a leader among similar groups in the nation.

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.

###

Communications Center

  • Handbook for Journalists +

    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.
    Read More
  • Public Awareness Campaigns +

    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.
    Read More
  • 1

Site Search

Teen Center

teencenter web

Relationship abuse impacts young people, too. Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI.

Spotlight

  • Be Tech Safe
  • News & Events
  • 35 Years of Progress
  • AmazonSmile

websafety shutterstock 238686259 web

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.

Read More

cal shutterstock 238987036

Looking to get involved in the movement to end domestic violence?

Visit our Calendar of Events to find local and
online events.

Read More

spotlight image lisaleslie35th 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.

Visit our 35th anniversary page to watch a special video, view photos of the event (coming soon!), and more.

Read More

AmazonSmile-webWhat is AmazonSmile?

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