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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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  • 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 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 Attempted Murder of Marcia Santiago, the Murders of Three Bystanders and the Suicide of Bradford Baumet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 19, 2012

CONTACT: Cristina Williams at RICADV
Phone: (401) 467-9940; Cell: (917) 940-3729

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

"Our hearts go out to the family, friends and community of Marcia Santiago, Gladys Cabrera, Noelia Gonzalez-Brito, and another unnamed victim in yesterday's shooting at Las Dominicanas M&M Salon in Casselberry, Florida. We hope for Ms. Santiago's full recovery. The reported gunman, Bradford Baumet, committed suicide after the shooting."

"This heinous act of domestic violence greatly dismays us and we cannot begin to imagine the fear and terror these victims experienced. While details are still unfolding, we know that Baumet was no stranger to the court system for domestic abuse. In fact, he had a lengthy domestic violence arrest record in Rhode Island and Florida, but here in RI, the charges were ultimately dismissed – leaving Baumet unaccountable for his actions."

"RICADV calls for a review of this case to uncover the ways in which the systems failed to hold perpetrator Baumet accountable – and yesterday's victims safe. In particular, this case is an example of why we, as advocates and community members, need to be concerned with the dismissal (48A) of domestic violence related charges in keeping victims and the public safe from violent offenders. In Rhode Island, according to a June 2012 report from Justice Assistance, 63 percent of domestic violence cases are dismissed each year, meaning countless abusers (like Baumet) are also not being held accountable."

 

"This shooting also reminds us that when battered women are killed by their partners, it often occurs after they have taken action to end the relationship or have separated from them. Women who leave their abusive partners are at a 75 percent greater risk of being killed than those who stay. On the day of the murders, Baumet was scheduled to appear in court for a hearing with Ms. Santiago, the salon's manager. Both she and the salon's owner had filed domestic violence injunctions against him."

"Unfortunately, when an abuser murders his partner, the tragedy is often portrayed as an unintentional "crime of passion" caused by the man's overwhelming love for the woman or the abuser is said to "have snapped" in response to a situation. In reality, murder is the ultimate expression of the abuser's need to control his partner's behavior and there is often a history of violent and abusive behaviors that escalates into these tragedies."

"Domestic Violence happens in every community and everyone must make the commitment to intervene and reach out to anyone whom we suspect is in an abusive situation. In order to prevent additional needless deaths, we must all make domestic violence our business and say NO MORE. The good news is there is help available. We urge all Rhode Islanders to remember that if they hear or see someone being hurt to call 911 immediately. If you are an employer or manage a business, RICADV can offer workshops and tips for protocols and procedures to follow when a domestic violence situation arises."

"There are also six domestic violence agencies in our state which provide a wide array of services including 24 hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups, and assistance with the legal system. For those who need support in their own relationship or with a situation they know of, call 800-494-8100."

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    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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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

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