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  • Get Off the Bench!

    This October, we launched a new statewide public awareness campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The campaign featured URI student athletes speaking out against domestic violence and asking their fellow Rhode Islanders to do the same. The campaign could be seen on buses and billboards throughout the state as well as public service announcements on television, radio, and Pandora. Domestic violence impacts all of us, and it 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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  • 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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Deborah DeBare Recognized for 20 Years of Service as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

A visionary leader, Deborah DeBare has devoted her career to ending domestic violence in Rhode Island

[Providence, RI – November 24, 2015] Times have changed over the last 20 years, but Deborah DeBare’s commitment to ending domestic violence has never wavered. This month, she celebrates her twentieth year serving as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV).

“For the past 20 years, Deborah DeBare has been an extraordinary leader and visionary advocate on behalf of domestic violence victims throughout Rhode Island,” said Kim A. Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “She has built and empowered an impressive statewide coalition that has changed both laws and lives.”

"Deborah DeBare is the heart of RICADV. Her tireless advocacy and unending compassion for families [impacted by domestic violence] is the foundation for their brighter, healthier, safer futures. Congratulations on a distinguished 20 years at the RICADV, and thank you for being a hero to so many Rhode Islanders," said Congressman Jim Langevin.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 14, 2013


Cristina Williams, Media Relations Coordinator, RICADV; Phone: 401-467-9940; Cell: 917-940-3729;;;; Twitter @RICADV

As Part of Father's Day Campaign, TEN MEN Emerge to Start Conversations With Men About Healthy Relationships

TEN MEN is the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence's first-of-its-kind, statewide project designed to assist in the prevention of domestic violence in RI and engage male allies in the movement to end it.

[Providence, R.I.] "TEN MEN" was established by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) to engage male allies in the prevention of domestic violence and to begin conversations with men about ending it. TEN MEN is made up of Rhode Island men from diverse walks of life that have a common vision — a world without domestic violence. Most men are not violent in their relationships. But, one man is one man too many.

TEN MEN aim to reach everyday men who are not sure how to help, and therefore remain silent in the face of other men's violence. The group is the first statewide effort made up of pioneering, male leaders who have stepped forward and are committed to breaking that silence. And, it's working; men respond better to other men, which can have a significant impact in the prevention of domestic violence.


Members of TEN MEN were selected by the RICADV and by members of the Rhode Island community because they have a passion for social change and have demonstrated a commitment in their personal or professional lives to ending domestic violence.

"TEN MEN aims to use new media to educate the community on the importance of male engagement in the movement to end domestic violence — by talking directly to other men about domestic violence and healthy relationships and encouraging them to talk to the men and boys in their lives. That's what this year's public awareness campaign is all about," says Lucy Rios, Director of Prevention and Education for the RICADV.

Their television and radio public service announcements (PSAs) started airing this week and encourage other Rhode Island men to start conversations with men and to lead by example. One solution to ending domestic violence can start that simply. The PSAs will air throughout June.

"While public awareness campaigns over the years have helped shift community attitudes about domestic violence not being a private matter, but rather a public health epidemic, many members of the community are still uncertain about how to help. This year's Father's Day Campaign provides men with concrete ways for men to get involved and includes examples of what they can say to start the conversation," says Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the RICADV.

Essentially, the campaign invites men to talk to the young men in their lives and in their communities, and moreover, challenges men to talk to their peers and the men in their social circles about domestic violence.

Fathers are encouraged to talk with their sons and to teach them to respect women, and, more importantly, to model this behavior. Teachers and youth workers are encouraged to engage youth in discussions about equitable and healthy relationships — empowering young people to define their own boundaries when they are ready to start dating.

Coaches are encouraged to challenge themselves and their athletes to shun language that devalues women such as, "you're playing like a girl." These phrases reinforce beliefs and attitudes that women are of less value than men, and contribute to unhealthy gender norms, and ultimately, domestic violence.

"Talk to your colleagues and tell them that jokes insulting women are not funny. When you hear abusive language - Speak up," say the TEN MEN in their PSAs. It is unusual for men to engage in dialogue with other men about domestic violence, and most of the time, men are socialized to avoid discussions about it and to "mind their own business." This silence allows men that are abusive to have their behavior go unchallenged. By speaking out against domestic violence, men in their community are saying this behavior is unacceptable and will be tolerated NO MORE. This creates accountability within the community: men are saying to other men that if they choose to use abusive language and behavior in their relationships, those actions will not be condoned.

To watch their PSA, learn more about TEN MEN, and/or to join them, people can visit Tools are also available for starting those conversations, as well as, a pledge that lets others know they are against domestic violence and will stand with TEN MEN in helping to prevent it.


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
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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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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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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.

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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.


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