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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 domestic violence murder-suicide of Natasha Marshall and Federico Rico in Pawtucket, R.I.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, December 6, 2012
CONTACT: Cristina Williams at RICADV: (401) 467-9940; Cell: (917) 940-3729

Statement by Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Linda Impagliazzo, Executive Director of the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center

"First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family, friends and community of Natasha Marshall. Though not much has yet been released about the murder committed against her by her live-in boyfriend Federico Rico, her death is a stark reminder that we still have a long way to go to achieve a Rhode Island that is free of domestic violence in our homes and in our communities."

"In a week where much attention has been placed on NFL player Jovan Belcher, the murder he committed against his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, his motives, injuries and subsequent suicide, this local case reminds us that domestic violence can happen anywhere – from the NFL field to a Pawtucket apartment. Ultimately, these cases are both about the loss of life tied to an escalation of domestic violence. Regardless of the circumstances, there is never an excuse for abuse. We must be sure to call murder-suicides what they are: the ultimate act of domestic 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. Unfortunately, when an abuser murders his partner, the tragedy is often incorrectly 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, at the very heart of domestic violence is the belief by the abuser that he or she is entitled to control his or her partner. Understanding this teaches us that perpetrators don't just snap or lose their temper; their violence escalates as their control begins to erode. Murder is the ultimate expression of the abuser's need to control his partner's behavior."

"This tragedy reminds us that even when there is not an official police record of domestic violence, abuse can exist and there are usually signs. Domestic violence consists of a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviors which escalate over time. Victims often experience months or years of emotional, physical or sexual abuse at the hands of their intimate partner without ever having called the police."

"This tragedy also reminds us that anyone can be a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence regardless of socio-economic, ethnic, racial, gender identity, sexual orientation, educational backgrounds and professions. Domestic violence happens in every community and no one is immune to it. And because we cannot hold the batterer accountable in murder-suicide domestic violence cases, we must hold ourselves accountable as a community."

"Every day in the United States, an average of three women are killed by their intimate partners. In Rhode Island, between 2001 and 2011, 82 people died as a result of domestic violence. Between 2010 and 2011 alone, 20 of those deaths occurred. This year there have been three confirmed domestic violence deaths—two of them were murder-suicides. In 2011, there were four domestic violence deaths—three of those cases were murder-suicides. In addition, there are more than 10,000 victims who seek services yearly for domestic violence related issues. The good news is that through community involvement and education we can prevent those cases from escalating."

"Each of us has a duty to stop domestic violence in Rhode Island—together we can end it. 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."


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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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!


  • Be Tech Safe
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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
social media events.

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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