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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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  • 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
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  • Get Off the Bench!

    Get Off the Bench!

    The RICADV's statewide public awareness campaign "Get Off the Bench!" features URI student athletes saying NO MORE to dating and domestic violence. Click below to watch our public service announcement starring the athletes, which aired on local TV stations throughout October, national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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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

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    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: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Homicide of Cesar Alonzo

By Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Vanessa Volz, Executive Director, Sojourner House

[Warwick, RI – Wednesday, July 6, 2016] We are deeply saddened by the loss of life that occurred in Providence this past weekend. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, and community of Cesar Alonzo, who was killed by his wife’s ex-boyfriend, Axel Morales. Alonzo’s wife, Karla Estrada, was injured but survived.

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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



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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
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    Raising awareness to end domestic violence is part of our mission. Learn how we keep the issue visible in our communities. Read More
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    The media can help break the silence and educate the public. Visit our online guide for journalists covering domestic violence.
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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.


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Warwick, RI 02888-1539

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