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  • NO MORE Silence

    NO MORE Silence

    When we stay silent, domestic violence thrives. This October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we are calling on our communities to break the silence. Each of us must make it our business to speak up when we see or hear something troubling and to have conversations with friends, family, colleagues, youth, and others in our lives. Whether it be in our workplaces, schools, places of worship, or other community spaces, we can support survivors and their children by raising awareness of the issue and creating environments that do not tolerate domestic violence.
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  • Purple Purse Challenge

    Purple Purse Challenge

    The RICADV is excited to be participating in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge this October! The Purple Purse Challenge is an annual friendly fundraising competition held during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, where nonprofit organizations serving victims and survivors of domestic violence engage their supporters and communities to help raise funds. The 2017 Purple Purse Challenge starts Monday, October 2 at 12 p.m. Stay tuned for details!
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  • RI Men's Summit

    RI Men's Summit

    Rhode Island men, join us for the 4th Annual Men's Summit on November 9, an event designed for and led by men who want to prevent domestic violence in our communities. Most men are not violent, but many remain silent in the face of other men’s violence. This November, take a stand with Ten Men to help break the silence. We ask our supporters to invite the men in their lives to get involved! To learn more and to register, visit ricadv.org/tenmen.
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  • We Want Your Opinion!

    We Want Your Opinion!

    The RICADV is seeking people across Rhode Island to participate in an online survey to gauge statewide attitudes around domestic violence and shape our community outreach activities going forward. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation!
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  • State House Victories!

    State House Victories!

    This September, the Rhode Island General Assembly reconvened for a special session to review the bills they left unfinished in June - and we have great news! Several of the RICADV's priority bills have passed! 2017 legislative victories include disarming dangerous abusers and guaranteeing earned sick and safe days for RI employees.
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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 in Rhode Island to raise awareness about domestic violence, the services and resources that are available in our state, and the need for all of us to get involved to end abuse. 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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 2, 2017

Letter to the Editor: When we stay silent, domestic violence thrives

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


[Providence, RI – October 2, 2017] When we stay silent, domestic violence thrives. With 1 in 4 Rhode Islanders experiencing domestic violence in their lifetimes, and nearly 1 in 10 Rhode Island high schoolers reporting they have already experienced physical dating violence, we all know loved ones, neighbors, and friends who will be or have been impacted by abuse.

This October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we are calling on our communities to break the silence. Each of us must make it our business to speak up when we see or hear something troubling and to have conversations with friends, family, colleagues, youth, and others in our lives.

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Regarding the murder of Michelle Busby

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 31, 2012
CONTACT: Reza Clifton, RICADV: (401) 467-9940, Cell: (401) 497-5246

Statement by Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Kristin Lyons, Executive Director of the Women's Center of Rhode Island

"First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family, friends and community of Michelle Busby.  Though not much has yet been released about her murder, her death is a stark reminder that we still have a long way to go to achieve a Rhode Island that is free of violence in the home and free of intimate partner violence."

"Domestic violence escalates to the point of murder because our system has failed to either keep a victim safe or hold an abuser accountable.  In the case of Ms. Busby's death, we know that the "person of interest," Andrew Jett, was arrested in 1992 and convicted and sentenced to 40 years in 1995 for the brutal beating murder of Stephanie Oxendine, his off-and-on girlfriend with whom he had two children.  What remains unclear is why he served so little time for the killing; records indicate that Mr. Jett was released on parole in 2010 after only serving 18 years."

"This gray area is part of a series of important questions that this case helps bring to the surface.   Why wasn't Mr. Jett's original charge documented as a domestic violence crime given the nature of the relationship between Mr. Jett and Ms. Oxendine – which clearly met the standards of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act?  What are the parole board's considerations when releasing the perpetrator of such a brutal act?  Did Mr. Jett have disciplinary infractions while incarcerated, and, if so, how did that impact his eligibility for being released early into the community?  There are also questions about the systems that were supposed to monitor Mr. Jett after he was released.   Was the State aware Mr. Jett was living with Ms. Busby (his residence should have been known as part of the supervision mandated for violent offenders)?  What are the standards for approving private community service options for violent criminals?"

"All too often, victims may be hesitant to contact the police for many reasons, including fears of retaliation from the abuser, insecurities about losing support from the abuser or developing guilt about the possibility of his/her incarceration.  In addition, victims may lack faith in the system when they see that people are let out early and are able to reoffend. That is why we are concerned about the policies carried out during the parole process and why we are calling for a thorough review of parole protocols and procedures.  In cases of domestic violence, we need systems to assess an abuser's dangerousness and prevent future instances."

"We question, in this case, what could have been done to keep the victim safe.  Leniency unfortunately sends the message to abusers that they will not be held accountable for their crimes, while simultaneously jeopardizing the safety of victims.  But we also recognize that eliminating violence against women demands a comprehensive and coordinated effort between elected and appointed officials, government and non-government organizations and agencies, community leaders, businesses, public organizations and private citizens.  The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its six member agencies are here to help through a wide array of services, including analysis and monitoring of the legal system, support groups, emergency shelters, and a 24-hour hotline to support victims and answer questions.  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 800-494-8100."

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This statement has been updated to reflect the fact that, to date, Andrew Jett has been identified as a person of interest, and his recent arrest is tied to a parole violation.

Communications Center

  • 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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  • 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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2017 Purple Purse Challenge

2017 Purple Purse Challenge

The RICADV is participating in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge this October, a friendly fundraising competition held during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The 2017 Purple Purse Challenge starts Monday, October 2 at 12 p.m. Stay tuned for details!

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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.

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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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