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  • Get Off the Bench!

    We are thrilled to launch our new statewide public awareness campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month! The campaign features URI student athletes speaking out against domestic violence and asking their fellow Rhode Islanders to do the same. The campaign can 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” this October? How will you play your part?
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  • Purple Purse

    This year, the RICADV is participating in the Purple Purse Challenge, a national fundraising campaign by The Allstate Foundation. Purple Purse helps organizations that serve domestic violence survivors raise funds while at the same time raising awareness about financial abuse and the need for economic empowerment of survivors. Support the RICADV, and help build a safer Rhode Island!
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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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Rhode Island, We’re Counting on You to “Get Off the Bench” and Help End Domestic Violence

This October, national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence launches a statewide public awareness campaign featuring University of Rhode Island student athletes

[Providence, RI – October 1, 2015] Another October 1st signals the start of another Domestic Violence Awareness Month, when, each year, advocates, survivors, and supporters unify around a national platform to raise critical awareness on the issue of domestic violence. But, this year, people may be listening more closely than ever.

In 2014, the controversy in the NFL around the Ray Rice case spurred the entire country to take part in the conversations that advocates and survivors have been having for decades. From sports broadcasters and famous celebrities to family members and coworkers, everyone was talking about domestic violence – and in 2015, after decades of tireless advocacy to protect victims and break the silence, awareness has reached new heights.

To build on this momentum, today, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) launches its statewide public awareness campaign, “Get Off the Bench!” featuring University of Rhode Island student athletes.

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Press Statement by Lori DiPersio, Executive Director of the Women's Resource Center and Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Regarding the Domestic Violence Murder of Terry L. Chiodo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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

"First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family, friends and community of Terry L. Chiodo.  While her death marks the first murder to occur in Portsmouth in a decade and Rhode Island's first domestic violence murder in 2013, it is also a stark reminder that we have a long way to go to achieve a Rhode Island that is free of domestic violence.  Even in a community that is known for its safety, domestic violence does happen behind closed doors every day by abusers who seek to control their partners—murder is often their final act of abuse.  It is important to remember that these acts are not isolated incidents; they are part of a public health crisis whether they happen in the home or on a bus."

"Domestic violence is, however, preventable; it escalates to the point of murder because our system has failed to either keep a victim safe or hold an abuser accountable.  In this case, we know that the perpetrator and ex-husband of Chiodo, Christopher James, has a lengthy criminal record and history of domestic violence charges that were dismissed."


"We commend the bravery of two bystanders who took action to detain James and hope the other victims - the passengers and driver of the bus - recover from this tragedy.  Unfortunately, bystanders are often hurt when domestic violence situations escalate and we urge all Rhode Islanders to join us in saying NO MORE to this kind of abuse."

"We also commend the Portsmouth police for identifying this fatal stabbing as a domestic violence murder.  It is our responsibility as a community to address this abuse and the high dismissal rates of domestic violence cases in general. James had several cases of domestic abuse dismissed during the last two decades and had been arrested twenty times in different cities throughout Rhode Island."

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recognizes that intimate partner violence [and domestic violence] is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans.  On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States—more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.(1) And in Rhode Island, 29.9 percent of women and 19.3 percent of men, experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime."(2)

"To prevent another tragedy, we all must make a commitment to reach out to anyone who we suspect is in an abusive situation: listen and express your concerns without judging; ask "what can I do to help;" and stay supportive of the partner being abused, even if you disagree with her/his choices."

Domestic violence happens in every community, and no one is immune to it. The good news is that help is available.  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. All Rhode Islanders should 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."

(1) Black MC, Basile KC, Breiding MJ, Smith SG, Walters ML, Merrick MT, Chen J, Stevens MR. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2011

(2) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report


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!


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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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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