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    We are excited to present our new responsive website to Rhode Island. Here you will find information on various topics related to domestic violence and the work we are doing to end it. The site is designed to provide resources to individuals experiencing abuse so that they can get the help they need. It is also a valuable tool for people who want to help and for those who want to get involved. Check back often for updates, and share your feedback with us so that we can better serve you.

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  • Member Agencies

    The RICADV's six 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 below. If you see or hear someone being hurt, call 911 immediately.

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  • Latino Outreach

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    At the RICADV, we proactively serve the Latino community, collaborating with Rhode Island businesses to further our reach to those experiencing abuse. During our public awareness campaigns, we have partnered with Telemundo, Providence en Español, and Latina 100.3 FM to help Latino communities know that help 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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  • Communities Can Help

    Last October, we launched our KNOW MORE. DO MORE. campaign in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Our goal was to help different sectors of the community – including health care, the workplace, faith, and Latino communities – take action to end domestic violence. When communities take a stand as leaders on this issue, individuals are more likely to have the support they need to act. That's when we'll see real change in Rhode Island. That's how we'll put a stop to domestic violence. Learn more about our 2014 campaign by clicking below.

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  • We Give Support.

    As coworkers, employers, businesses and organizations, we have the ability to help those experiencing domestic violence. The workplace often serves as a location where abusers can readily access their victims, and relationship abuse can greatly impact victims' job performance in other ways, too; for instance, victims lose an estimated 8 million days of paid work each year due to domestic violence, the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs. These problems only serve to exacerbate the financial abuse that occurs in 98% of abusive relationships. An easy way to begin creating a safe workplace environment is to display materials on domestic violence in visible, accessible areas. Click below to view DVAM 2014 posters that you can hang in your office.

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  • We Listen.

    Health care providers are often the first to learn about the domestic violence that their patients may be experiencing and are in a unique position to help prevent future abuse. Listening to patients is a critical first step. During DVAM 2014, the RICADV connected with members of Rhode Island's health care community to help them know more about the steps they can take to address domestic violence. We partnered with the Rhode Island Medical Society, which published an article written by RICADV staff in the October issue of Rhode Island Medical Journal. View the article by clicking below.

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The Newsroom

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Latest News

The General Assembly’s Silence and Inaction on the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund Gravely Hurt Rhode Island Children

On June 9, advocates, survivors and community members will descend on the State House to recognize the 500 children who have been present at domestic violence arrests since H5651/S650 were heard in March.

Domestic violence is preventable, but immediate action must be taken to move on H5651/S650 and pass the bills into law.

[Providence – June 4, 2015] In the aftermath of two horrific domestic violence murders involving children and the realization of the 500 children present at domestic violence arrests1, it is unconscionable that there has been silence around the bills that could help prevent domestic violence and the many adverse outcomes for children who witness these crimes.

Domestic violence is a very real problem affecting all Rhode Islanders – a survivor helping to organize the June 9 event said that 4 of the 500 children are hers. Last Saturday, both she and her eight-year-old daughter were assaulted by her abuser. A neighbor called the police, and thankfully she and her daughter were safe in that instance, but she worries about the future safety and well-being of her children. That is why she is advocating for the passage of the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, a bill that would help prevent domestic violence from causing further harm to her children and so many others. 

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The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Its Six Member Agencies, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, and Day One, Address Legislators at State House Community Gathering to Help Thousands of Domestic and Sexual Abuse Victims

Vital programs and services that save lives face 25 percent budget cuts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
CONTACT: Cristina Williams, RICADV: (401) 467-9940; Cell: (917) 940-3729;

[Providence, R.I.] The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence today hosted a community gathering at the State House to address the serious issue of Governor Lincoln D. Chafee's proposed budget cuts to programs and services that are vital in saving the lives of domestic and sexual abuse victims. RICADV, its member agencies (Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, Sojourner House, Women's Resource Center of Newport, and the Women's Center of Rhode Island), Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR), and Day One, invited allies, advocates and the general public to participate in the day's awareness efforts. The primary goal was to educate legislators and public officials about the severe impact these detrimental cuts will have on Rhode Island's future—one that should be free of domestic violence and sexual assault, but cannot be if this plan is enacted.


RICADV, its member agencies, and Day One are facing dangerous statewide cuts to programs and services that, if reduced further (programs have already been ravaged by 70 percent cuts over the past five years – see attachment), will greatly decrease their capacity to serve victims of domestic and sexual violence. This is unacceptable and it is the State's responsibility to provide enough resources to remedy these public health problems. Last year, 9,382 victims of domestic violence sought help. And, 432 adult and child victims of sexual violence received counseling through Day One.

Two critical areas that must be protected if we are to continue saving lives and prevent future tragedies are:

Domestic Violence Court Advocacy
Domestic Violence Court Advocates provide essential support for victims trying to navigate complicated court systems to protect themselves and their children. Each year, court advocates support and assist 8,000 victims in District and Family Court. With previous cuts, there are already fewer resources to serve the same number of victims, and we cannot afford more.

Children Who Witness Programs
Children who witness domestic violence are impacted by what they see, which often has long-term effects on their lives such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety. They are at greater risk for health, emotional and learning challenges, as well as, becoming victims or perpetrators of abuse themselves. These resources help to break the cycle. Services for these children are critical—half of all the people staying in domestic violence shelters and transitional housing are children.

Overall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes that intimate partner violence [and domestic violence] is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States—more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.1 In Rhode Island, 29.9 percent of women and 19.3 percent of men, experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetimes.2 And, 1 in 8 Rhode Island women will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetimes. We cannot afford cuts to programs and services when the statistics alarmingly illustrate how serious a public problem this is—so many lives are depending on these resources and the help of their State. The reality is domestic violence happens in every community in Rhode Island and no one is immune to it—with one in five people experiencing this abuse, the time to act is now. These are not just numbers; these victims are our friends, family members, colleagues and neighbors.

RICADV hopes the message was received at the State House gathering today, which was held at 3:30 p.m., and that funding is restored in the General Assembly's budget. The bottom line is clear: these vital programs and services save lives and domestic violence and sexual assault are preventable when advocates and victims are given sufficient resources. Community support for this message was strongly evident as the group raised their voices as one in response to these proposed budget cuts and demanded NO MORE domestic violence and sexual assault.

About NO MORE Day:
NO MORE Day is part of the national NO MORE campaign designed to unite all organizations in the United States that seek to end domestic violence and sexual assault by raising awareness in a multitude of ways. While the campaign has been building momentum since last year, today marks the public national launch. In RI, the RICADV has chosen to observe the national NO MORE Day by raising their voices in response to the proposed State budgets cuts. By speaking out on this day, voices will resonate loudly - locally and nationally - as one against domestic and sexual violence and against these detrimental budget cuts. This day is a call to action for legislators, public officials, and the community at large, to stand together to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. RICADV was formed in 1979 to support and assist the six domestic violence prevention agencies in Rhode Island. The organization also provides leadership to its six member agencies, strives to create justice for victims, and raises awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island.

1 Black MC, Basile KC, Breiding MJ, Smith SG, Walters ML, Merrick MT, Chen J, Stevens MR. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2011
2 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report



Communications Center

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    Communicating the work to end domestic violence is vital. Visit our Communications Center and The Newsroom to KNOW MORE. Read More
  • Public Awareness +

    Raising awareness to end domestic violence is part of our mission. Learn how we keep the issue visible in our communities. Read More
  • Handbook for Journalists +

    The media can help break the silence and educate the public. Visit our online guide for journalists covering domestic violence.
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Teen Center

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KNOW MORE: Relationship abuse happens among teens, too. Visit our Teen Center during the launch of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February 2015 for interactive tools!


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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
or just want to KNOW MORE?

Visit our Calendar of Events to find a myriad of 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 six domestic violence prevention 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 six 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