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Rhode Island: One Step Closer to Preventing Domestic Violence

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Launches New Campaign with KNOW MORE VIDEO PROJECT featuring real bystander stories and live TWEET CHAT for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Launch also includes digital tools page on ricadv.org

WHERE: www.ricadv.org – premiere of KNOW MORE VIDEO PROJECT featuring real bystander and survivor stories of intervention, and www.Twitter.com/RICADV #NOMORERI for live Tweet Chat where users are encouraged to share their bystander stories and let the RICADV know what they need to KNOW MORE to end domestic violence in their communities. For those that do not have Twitter accounts, a live feed will be shown at www.ricadv.org.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 2 p.m. EDT

WHY: To launch the KNOW MORE campaign to end domestic violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) 2013! Throughout the month of October the RICADV is asking bystanders to get involved in the movement in various ways. KNOW MORE is an expansion of the organization's adoption of the national NO MORE campaign in Rhode Island, chosen because research shows that educating and engaging bystanders is a promising way to help prevent the widespread problem of domestic and sexual violence within communities.

  • 65% of domestic violence victims who come forward say no one helped.
  • 60% of Americans, that's 149 million Americans, KNOW a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. They are neighbors, coworkers, family and friends.
  • A new, national survey uncovers staggering silence and inaction around domestic violence and sexual assault. The majority of Americans have never discussed these hidden issues with children or friends. nomore.org/nomorestudy
  • People looking for information about domestic violence are increasingly going online to do so—and about a third of the RICADV's online visitor's access the website from a mobile device.

WHAT: As part of the launch designed to educate every Rhode Islander about domestic violence prevention, the RICADV is debuting a digital tools page, the KNOW MORE VIDEO PROJECT featuring real bystander stories, and inviting community members to participate in a TWEET CHAT to share bystander stories. Additionally, survivors of domestic violence from SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) share what it meant to them, when a bystander got involved.

The RICADV's commitment to educating bystanders will go beyond DVAM because it will take more people in more communities coming together to end domestic violence. Visit www.ricadv.org and www.NOMORERI.org; often for additional tools. There, users will be able to give feedback on tools, interact with the RICADV staff, and submit bystander videos for possible inclusion on the websites.

KNOW MORE. DO MORE. KNOWLEDGE IS YOUR FIRST STEP. TOGETHER WE CAN END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT.