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    Know the Signs

    October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Our new public awareness campaign calls the community in, because it’s on all of us to end domestic violence. The campaign, created by listening to the voices of our community and survivors, calls Rhode Islanders in to “know the signs” and urges each of us to learn more about subtle and commonly overlooked forms of abuse. Domestic abuse affects us all, and it is crucial to know the signs, learn where to get support, or how to provide resources as a bystander. Learn what you can do to end domestic abuse, and get involved. Read More
  • Response to COVID-19

    Response to COVID-19

    While Rhode Islanders adapt to the circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic to protect ourselves and our local communities from this virus, we at the RICADV know home is not a safe place for everyone – especially for victims of domestic violence and their children. As social distancing measures remain in effect, the RICADV and our member agencies continue to seek out ways to expand our support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. We invite you to explore our COVID-19 webpages, created with survivors in mind to bring forward the most relevant information.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 1, 2020

CONTACT: Brittany Ballantyne, communications manager, RICADV; Phone: 401-467-9940;
brittany@ricadv.org; www.ricadv.org

*If you are a member of the media on deadline and are reaching out after hours, please contact the Rhode Island statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100.

R.I. Coalition Against Domestic Violence calls on Rhode Islanders to 'know the signs' during community meeting and campaign reveal

WARWICK, R.I., October 1, 2020 – To mark the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its full member agencies (Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center and Women’s Resource Center) launched a new campaign, calling the community in to “know the signs” and share the collective responsibility of ending domestic abuse.

The RICADV and its survivor taskforce, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), hosted a virtual community meeting and campaign reveal Thursday, Oct. 1. The campaign highlights how “it’s on all of us to end domestic violence,” and the event included a Q&A session with survivors, premiere of a TV PSA and campaign artwork, resources and tools for bystanders and a calendar of events reveal.

Tonya Harris, executive director, said, "Everyone’s involvement in ​ending domestic violence is even more important now. The COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation  have magnified the immense needs of survivors. Between March and July 2020, we provided advocacy services to over 4,500 individuals, and more than 11,000 overnight shelter stays. That would have not been possible without the support of our community.”

Our campaign calls Rhode Islanders in, and urges each of us to learn more about subtle and commonly overlooked forms of abuse. The campaign was created from nearly a year of preparation and collaboration between the RICADV’s network of full member agencies through the Public Awareness Working Group, PAWG, and by listening to the voices of our community and survivors. Talented art director Loretta Kennedy drew from the experiences of survivors to inspire the look, feel and message of the campaign.

Haley, a survivor and member of SOAR, said, "I told people about the abuse, and they didn’t blame me. Instead, they believed me and validated me. It was helpful realizing I was not alone, and there were other people who had similar experiences. Because of this, I was able to stop blaming myself for the harm my abuser caused." 

Rhode Islanders will see campaign ads throughout the state on billboards, buses, the Rhode Island Convention Center, Dunkin’ Donuts Center and Veterans Memorial Auditorium and among other Rhode Island businesses and community and health centers. A video interview series will be broadcast in Spanish on the Rhode Informa show, print ads will be seen in local media outlets and digital ads will also be seen across the web and social media.

Join the RICADV in this effort to get information in the hands of every Rhode Islander – because when you know the signs, you can learn where to get support if you are experiencing abuse or how to provide support as a bystander to someone you know and love who is being abused. Learn what you can do to end domestic abuse, and get involved. It’s on all of us to end domestic violence.

For more information about the RICADV, visit www.ricadv.org, and to access the campaign, visit www.NoMoreRI.org

How you can help: As relatives, friends, coworkers and neighbors, we can help keep victims and their children safe and prevent another tragedy. If you are in an abusive relationship or know someone who might be, or if you are looking for resources for a child who has witnessed domestic violence, call the Rhode Island statewide Helpline for 24-hour support and information at 800-494-8100.

Calling 911 if you suspect or witness abuse is an important step to take, but there are many other ways to help. If you know or suspect someone in your life is a victim of domestic violence, you can help that person stay safe. Listen, and express your concerns without judgment. Ask the person what you can do for them, and check in consistently. Help the person create a plan that will keep them safe when abuse occurs, and connect them with local resources. Additional information can be found at

About the RICADV:
 The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. The RICADV was formed in 1979 to support and assist the domestic violence agencies in Rhode Island. The organization provides leadership to its member agencies, strives to create justice for victims, and raises awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island. The RICADV's network of member agencies provides a wide array of services for victims, including 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.  

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Children of all ages, even infants, can be harmed by seeing or hearing abuse, and they often exhibit signs that they are being negatively impacted by domestic violence.

Click below to learn about signs that are often displayed by age group.

While these behaviors may be hard to handle and difficult to manage, children are only doing what they need to do to survive and cope. Be patient, and seek help to support your child in addressing these behaviors.

Sometimes, a certain child in the family appears to be most affected by domestic violence, but this child is communicating that the whole family needs help; siblings who are quiet or appear to be fine may be suffering in different, less obvious ways. If any one child exhibits signs of being impacted by abuse, be sure to take measures that address the situation for all involved.

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  • Teenagers

  • Irritability, frustration, or inconsolable crying 
  • Frequent illness, such as diarrhea 
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lack of routines around sleeping or eating
  • Difficulty separating from caregivers or lack of need for attachment
  • Developmental delays
  • Lack of responsiveness
  • Not expressing emotion
  • More tantrums than usual
  • Headaches or stomach aches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of skills learned earlier (e.g., toilet training) 
  • Fear of being alone 
  • Difficulty separating from caregivers
  • Developmental delays
  • Poor social skills
  • Difficulties at school
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression; acting out
  • Repeatedly revisiting violent event(s) through play or drawing
  • Problems with attention or hyperactivity
  • Using drugs or alcohol 
  • Skipping school
  • Running away
  • Risky sexual behavior or pregnancy 
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression or anxiety 
  • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts 
  • Withdrawing from activities or friends 
  • Experiencing or perpetrating abuse in dating relationships

Communications Center

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month +

    We conduct statewide public awareness campaigns each October during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to help keep the issue of domestic violence visible, provide information about community resources, and engage Rhode Islanders in our mission to end abuse.
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  • Online Guide for Journalists +

    We work with the Rhode Island media to ensure that press coverage on domestic violence increases awareness about the issue, provides information about available resources, and engages the community to help end abuse. Visit the RICADV's Online Guide for Journalists for best practices on covering domestic violence.
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Abusive relationships impact young people, too. Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI.


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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 domestic violence 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

Our network of member agencies provides comprehensive emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Services include 24-hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system. For more information, call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100 or click here.

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

T (401) 467-9940

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