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  • Get Off the Bench!

    This October, we launched a new statewide public awareness campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The campaign featured URI student athletes speaking out against domestic violence and asking their fellow Rhode Islanders to do the same. The campaign could be seen on buses and billboards throughout the state as well as public service announcements on television, radio, and Pandora. Domestic violence impacts all of us, and it will take all of us, together, to end it. How will you get off the bench? How will you play your part?
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  • Member Agencies

    The RICADV's six local domestic violence agencies provide a wide array of services for victims, including 24-hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system. For more information about these organizations and services, call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100 or click below. If you see or hear someone being hurt, call 911 immediately.

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  • Latino Outreach

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    At the RICADV, we proactively serve the Latino community, collaborating with Rhode Island businesses to further our reach to those experiencing abuse. During our public awareness campaigns, we have partnered with Telemundo, Providence en Español, and Latina 100.3 FM to help Latino communities know that help is available through our member agencies. Each agency offers diverse programs and services that can 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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Deborah DeBare Recognized for 20 Years of Service as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

A visionary leader, Deborah DeBare has devoted her career to ending domestic violence in Rhode Island

[Providence, RI – November 24, 2015] Times have changed over the last 20 years, but Deborah DeBare’s commitment to ending domestic violence has never wavered. This month, she celebrates her twentieth year serving as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV).

“For the past 20 years, Deborah DeBare has been an extraordinary leader and visionary advocate on behalf of domestic violence victims throughout Rhode Island,” said Kim A. Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “She has built and empowered an impressive statewide coalition that has changed both laws and lives.”

"Deborah DeBare is the heart of RICADV. Her tireless advocacy and unending compassion for families [impacted by domestic violence] is the foundation for their brighter, healthier, safer futures. Congratulations on a distinguished 20 years at the RICADV, and thank you for being a hero to so many Rhode Islanders," said Congressman Jim Langevin.

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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."


Communications Center

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    Communicating the work to end domestic violence is vital. Visit our Communications Center and The Newsroom to KNOW MORE. Read More
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    Raising awareness to end domestic violence is part of our mission. Learn how we keep the issue visible in our communities. Read More
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    The media can help break the silence and educate the public. Visit our online guide for journalists covering domestic violence.
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Teen Center

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KNOW MORE: Relationship abuse happens among teens, too. Visit our Teen Center during the launch of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February 2015 for interactive tools!


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Your abuser may monitor your Internet use and may be able to view your computer activity.

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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Looking to get involved in the movement to end domestic violence
or just want to KNOW MORE?

Visit our Calendar of Events to find a myriad of local and
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In 2014, the RICADV celebrated 35 years of progress in advocating for victims and holding abusers accountable.

On October 9, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we commemorated this milestone with special guest Lisa Leslie, WNBA legend, four-time Olympic gold medalist, and supporter of the national NO MORE campaign against domestic violence.

We thank everyone who has played a part in helping us move our work forward. Together we can end domestic violence.

Visit our 35th anniversary page to watch a special video, view photos of the event (coming soon!), and more.

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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, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, 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. We were formed in 1979 to support and assist the six domestic violence prevention agencies in Rhode Island. We provide leadership to our member agencies, strive to create justice for victims, and raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island.

Member Agencies

The RICADV's six local domestic violence agencies provide a wide array of services for victims, including 24-hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, 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. If you hear or see someone being hurt, call 911 immediately.


Contact Details

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

T (401) 467-9940

F (401) 467-9943