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  • Get Off the Bench!

    We are thrilled to launch our new statewide public awareness campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month featuring 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? Read More
  • 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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Regarding the Domestic Violence Attempted Murder of Allison Taylor

Press Statement by Mary Roda, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, and Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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

"Our hearts go out to the family, friends and community of Allison Taylor. Her tragic death, allegedly at the hands of her son, reminds us how far we have to go to achieve a society in Rhode Island that is free of violence in the home. While details are still unfolding, this tragedy appears to be a clear case of domestic elder abuse. Allison Taylor was 65, and we know that her son, Robert Taylor, 45, was living in the home with her; he has been charged with domestic murder for the killing of his mother and disposal of her body."

"Allison Taylor's death marks the fifth life lost to domestic violence in R.I. this year. Though we often think of domestic violence as acts that occur between dating or married partners, this tragedy must serve as a harsh reminder that family violence is also domestic violence, and too often our elders are the victims of abuse. Current research from the U.S. Department of Justice shows that one out of ten elders is victimized—in most cases, by a relative or personal acquaintance in a private residence (96 percent of elder abuse cases). And, that relative is often an adult child, grandchild or other family member of the victim. Family members who abuse drugs or alcohol, who have mental/emotional illness, or feel burdened by their caregiving responsibilities abuse at higher rates than those who do not1. Robert Taylor has a history of court-ordered substance abuse counseling. Though he has no recorded history of domestic violence, we know that it can still exist, especially because elders are not often in situations to report abuse."

"Family violence is much too common in our society, and no victim should suffer in silence. We must reach out to anyone who we suspect is in an abusive situation. (Elder abuse is any mistreatment or lack of appropriate action that results in harm to an elderly person, or puts him/her at risk of being harmed. This can include: physical abuse, neglect, abandonment/isolation, obstruction of services, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, emotional/verbal abuse and stalking.) To report suspected elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation (it is mandatory under R.I. law) in R.I., please call: 401-462-0555."

"Elder abuse is rising in R.I. and the U.S. as the elder population grows; fourteen percent of R.I.'s population is comprised of elders. In the U.S. as many as two million elders are abused each year, and possibly more. It is important to remember that domestic violence happens in every community and elder abuse incidents such as Allison Taylor's murder are part of a public health crisis. It is an epidemic, but each of us can help stop this senseless violence from happening: to prevent another tragedy, citizens and policymakers must make a commitment to say NO MORE and help end domestic violence; together we can end it."

"The RICADV's six local domestic violence agencies provide a wide array of services for victims (including elders suffering abuse) such as 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. And if you hear or see someone being hurt, call 911 immediately."

1Schiamberg, L. & Gans, D. (1999). An ecological framework for contextual risk factors in elder abuse by adult children. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 11(1), 79-103.



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.


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

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