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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: Thursday, June 20, 2013


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

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Announces Court Advocacy Offices To Resume Services As a Result Of Restored Program Funding By the State

RICADV celebrates at State House and thanks Senate President M. Teresa Paiva–Weed and Speaker Gordon D. Fox

Community members did not let Victims of Domestic Violence stand alone.

[Providence, R.I.] The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV), SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), its member agencies that run the statewide Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, and Women’s Resource Center), partners, and members of the community gathered at the State House today to celebrate the restored funding for the Court Advocacy Program and to thank Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed and Speaker Gordon D. Fox for their part in restoring $100,000 in funding to this vital program that saves lives.

“It is critical that victims of Domestic Violence have supportive services throughout the law enforcement and judicial process. By adding $100,000 in the state budget for advocacy in the Court, we are further assisting victims who truly need a helping hand,” said Speaker Gordon D. Fox. 

The agencies had been forced to close the offices on Mondays because of years of severe funding cuts to the program; however, with this funding, they will be able to resume services for victims of Domestic Violence.“Victims go to court overwhelmed and in crisis; they need help navigating complex judicial systems and they need an advocate who will be in their corner. This restored funding lets victims of Domestic Violence know they can count on the Court Advocacy Program to guide them in a time of great need—a critical component in their route to safety from abuse. We want to thank Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed and Speaker Gordon Fox for hearing this message and responding. And, we especially thank all of our allies and supporters who participated in our efforts to protect this vital program and victims of Domestic Violence. They did not stand alone,” said Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of RICADV.

The community rallying in support of the Court Advocacy Program and support from legislators helped to get the message heard about how critical these services are. These are the kind of actions that propel RICADV’s movement to end Domestic Violence in RI and the State’s support is paramount; the organization is extremely grateful for this outcome for victims of Domestic Violence and their Court Advocates. 

President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva-Weed said, “Court advocates help crime victims during a very vulnerable time. The services provided through the Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program help victims of abuse successfully navigate an unfamiliar judicial process and get through a scary and difficult period in their lives. These funds will help the advocates fulfill their vital mission of providing services and support to victims of Domestic Violence.”

About The Court Advocacy Program:
Every year since 1988, victims of domestic violence have been able to receive assistance and services from the Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program. Court advocates provide a lifeline to victims of domestic violence in the midst of abusive situations with a range of services and support.The statewide program’s court advocates provide services in every city in Rhode Island through the four regional courthouses — Garrahy, Noel, McGrath and Murray. As set forth by the law, these advocates help victims navigate the legal system by educating them about their rights and assisting them in securing those rights; informing victims of the availability of protective orders and helping them obtain them as appropriate; and referring them to vital social services. These are all critical steps in increasing victim safety—steps that can be overwhelming to those in crisis with no legal background.In 2012, the courts had more than 8,000 victims of domestic violence seeking advocacy services. This included more than 3,000 civil protective orders and 5,000 criminal proceedings.&nbsp


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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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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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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.

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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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