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  • Help Us Say NO MORE

    This February, Rhode Islanders ages 12 to 24 have a chance to win $500 by entering our Lip Sync Video Contest! The contest is all about promoting love and respect for yourself and others. Choose a song with a positive, empowering message - because it's time to say NO MORE to dating violence. The RICADV will be awarding 3 cash prizes, including a $500 Grand Prize! Click below to visit our webpage for official rules and judging criteria. #NoMoreRI
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  • Get Off the Bench!

    February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. To spread the word and reach young people throughout RI, we've launched a statewide public awareness campaign. It features URI student athletes speaking out against dating violence and asking their peers to do the same. Head over to our Teen Center to learn more!
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  • "The Way Home" Charm

    Alex and Ani has partnered with the RICADV and the National Network To End Domestic Violence to launch the CHARITY BY DESIGN charm bangle “The Way Home.” When you purchase your bracelets through the RICADV, 50% of the proceeds go toward supporting our work to end domestic violence in RI. You can purchase bracelets in person at the RICADV’s office in Warwick Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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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

    Oprima el botón “Read More” para acceder a nuestro sitio web en Español.

    At the RICADV, we proactively serve Latino communities and work to raise awareness about the help that 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 Youth Invited to Enter Lip Sync Video Contest to Help End Dating Violence 

During February, national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 
the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence is launching a statewide Lip Sync Video Contest.

[Thursday, January 28, 2016 – Warwick, RI] Thanks to Jimmy Fallon, lip sync contests have become increasingly popular on television and online. This February, during national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, teenagers and young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 who live in Rhode Island are invited to enter a Lip Sync Video Contest to promote awareness and help end dating violence.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is sponsoring the Lip Sync Video Contest to encourage young people and the adults in their lives to have conversations about healthy relationships, positive and empowering messages, dating violence, and more.

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  • Under the Gun Control Act of 1994, federal law prohibits an abuser subject to a qualifying order of protection from possessing firearms and ammunition.  18 U.S.C. 922(g)(8).
  • Under federal law, it is also illegal to sell or transfer firearms or ammunition to a person subject to a qualifying order of protection, or who has been convicted of a misdeamenor crime of domestic violence. 18 U.S.C. 922(d)(8)-(9).
  • In Rhode Island, firearms were used in 25 domestic violence related deaths. RICADV Homicide Project, 2007.
  • Rhode Island domestic violence police incident reports for the year 2004 show that in 455 arrests the suspect was in possession of a firearm. Further, there were 40 reported cases where a defendant of a restraining order was also in possession of a firearm. RICADV Homicide Project, 2007.
  • From 2000-2005, 4,980 men and women were killed by their intimate partners with a fi rearm, making firearms the most common weapon in intimate partner homicides. Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2007. Homicide Trends in the United States. United States Department of Justice.
  • A study conducted by the American Journal of Public Health found that an abuser’s access to a firearm increased the risk of intimate partner homicide by eight times. The same study found that abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse and cause the most pain. Campbell et al. 2003. “Risk Factors for Femicide in Abusive Relationships: Results from a Multisite Case Control Study,” American Journal of Public Health.
  • Nationwide, a 2003 study about the risks of firearms in the home found that females living with a gun in the home were nearly three times more likely to be murdered than females with no gun in the home. Douglas Wiebe. 2003. “Homicide and Suicide Risks Associated with Firearms in the Home: A National Case-Control Study,” Annuals of Emergency Medicine.
  • In the United States, more female homicides were committed with firearms (54%) than with any other weapon, and of those, nearly two-thirds (539 victims) were murdered by male intimates. Violence Policy Center. 2008. “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2006 Homicide Data.”
  • A study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that although the United States represents only 32% of the total female population among 25 high-income countries, it accounts for 84% of all female firearm homicides. David Hemenway, et al. 2002. “Firearm Availability and Female Homicide Victimization Rates among 25 Populous High Income Countries,” Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association.

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
  • Public Awareness +

    Raising awareness to end domestic violence is part of our mission. Learn how we keep the issue visible in our communities. Read More
  • Handbook for Journalists +

    The media can help break the silence and educate the public. Visit our online guide for journalists covering domestic violence.
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Relationship abuse impacts young people, too. Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI.


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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.


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