What Children See Can Hurt For Life
RICADV’s new ad campaign raises awareness about how Rhode Island children are harmed by witnessing domestic violence
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
CONTACT: Chris Wilhite at RICADV, (401) 467-9940; Cell: (401) 829-2564
Patricia Rivera speaks to a crowd of over 80 about her experience
as a mother of children who witnessed domestic violence.
[Providence, RI] Today, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence kicked off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by launching a new public awareness campaign about how children in Rhode Island are harmed by witnessing domestic violence. The campaign, titled “What they see can hurt for life,” shines a light on the often unstated reality that witnessing domestic violence has profound and lasting effects on children. The RICADV is promoting the new campaign by engaging community groups and social service agencies in the state who work with children who may be witnessing domestic violence at home.
“When we talk about domestic violence in Rhode Island, we often fail to mention the powerful impact it has on the children who live in those homes,” said Deborah DeBare, executive director of the RICADV. “We know that if children see or hear domestic abuse, it puts them at a much greater risk of being involved in an abusive relationship later in life. However, these risks can be lowered with appropriate counseling and strong relationships with non-abusive family members.”
Read more: NEWS RELEASE: October 4, 2011