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  • State House Advocacy

    State House Advocacy

    This year, we're supporting bills that will provide practical solutions for building healthy, safe families and that protect our basic human rights. The bills address multiple forms of abuse, making RI communities safer for all. Click "Read More" below to learn about the RICADV's 2017 Legislative Priorities. You can also view our Prezi to learn how survivor voices inform our legislative advocacy.
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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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  • 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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  • "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 Communities

    Latino Communities

    Oprima el botón “Read More” para acceder a nuestro sitio web en Español.

    At the RICADV, we proactively engage 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 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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The Newsroom

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Latest News


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 22, 2017

Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Homicide of Jennifer Silva

By Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence


We are devastated by the domestic violence murder of Jennifer Silva that occurred this past weekend. In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 20, Jennifer died from injuries sustained from an alleged attack by her boyfriend, Allen Hanson. 

We are deeply saddened by this tragic case of domestic violence and extend our heartfelt condolences to all those who have been impacted by this heinous crime.

Domestic violence murder is rarely an isolated incident, but is often the final act in a pattern of abuse that has escalated over time. Although we cannot comment on the specifics of this case, we do know that Allen Hanson has a history of committing domestic violence crimes. Rhode Island must do more to hold dangerous abusers accountable.

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Regarding the arrest for domestic violence of West Warwick Police Detective Jonathan Caldwell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Sara Molinaro, RICADV: (401) 467-9940, Cell: (732) 546-1162

Statement by Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

“The response of the West Warwick Police Department, regarding the arrest of one of their own, Detective Jonathan Caldwell, for domestic disorderly conduct, demonstrates progress in the field of domestic violence. At the same time, questions surrounding the policies and protocols for handling police officers accused of domestic violence need to be raised.”

“We believe that implementation of a defined protocol in the case of police-involved domestic violence is in the best interest of establishing community trust, victim safety and departmental consistency. We hope that in this case, the West Warwick Police Department is complying with model policies and protocols pertaining to the surrender of firearms pending the outcome of the case.”

“Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of power and control which begins slowly, escalates over time, and is potentially deadly. Certain risk factors can heighten the chance of lethality, including the history of violence, threats of deadly force, and the presence of firearms. In this case, it is particularly troubling to see the contrast between reports that Detective Caldwell was charged with domestic assault in a 2008 case, and the court record which shows this current case as a first-time offense.”

“We believe that all batterers must be held accountable, even batterers who are members of law enforcement. In cases where the batterer is also a police officer, responding officers may be reluctant to believe that a working partner or friend is capable of committing the crime of domestic violence. However, all police academy classes since 1998 have received specialized training in responding to domestic violence, and we believe that trained officers can respond appropriately to this difficult situation.”

“A victim of domestic violence whose abuser is a police officer often faces unique barriers. The victim may be hesitant to call law enforcement in an emergency, out of fear that she will not be believed or that the officers will “side” with the abuser. Additionally, victims in this situation are particularly vulnerable because the abuser has a gun, knows the confidential location of domestic violence shelters and knows the legal system well.”

“We all have a duty to stop domestic violence in Rhode Island. There are six local domestic violence agencies in our state that provide a wide array of services, including 24 hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups and assistance with the legal system. We urge all Rhode Islanders to remember that if they hear or see someone being hurt to call 911 immediately and if they or someone they know needs support to call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100.

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  • Online Guide for Journalists +

    We work with statewide and local media to increase awareness about domestic violence, the services and resources available for people impacted by abuse, and the ways the community can get involved to help. Visit the RICADV's Online Guide for Journalists for best practices in covering domestic violence.
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  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month +

    We conduct statewide public awareness campaigns during October, national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), as a way to break the silence and stigma around domestic violence, raise up the voices and experiences of survivors, provide information about help and resources, and educate and engage our communities.
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Teen Center

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Abusive relationships impact young people, too. Nearly 1 in 10 Rhode Island high schoolers has already experienced physical dating violence. Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI.

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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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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 http://smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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. Formed in 1979, the organization provides support to its member agencies, strives to create justice for victims, and provides leadership on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island.

Member Agencies

The RICADV's network of member agencies provide comprehensive services to victims, including emergency shelter, support groups, counseling, 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.

Contact

422 Post Road, Suite 102
Warwick, RI 02888-1539

T (401) 467-9940
F (401) 467-9943