• Join Ten Men

    Join Ten Men

    We are currently recruiting for the 2018-2019 Ten Men cohort! A RICADV statewide prevention initiative, Ten Men engages male community leaders to become more knowledgeable, visible, and mobilized in order to prevent men's violence against women and girls. Learn more and inquire to join today! #TenMenRI
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  • Teen Dating Violence

    Teen Dating Violence

    Did you know? Nearly 1 in 10 RI high schoolers has already experienced physical dating violence. Fortunately, there is a law in Rhode Island that requires all middle schools and high schools to have a policy and teach everyone about the issue—it’s called the Lindsay Ann Burke Act. Students, parents, and educators, it’s up to all of us to make sure this law is being implemented in our schools! Together, we can prevent dating violence.
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  • No More Silence

    No More Silence

    1 in 4 Rhode Islanders is a victim of abuse. They are our loved ones, neighbors, coworkers, and friends, and they are counting on us to make it our business. It is time for all of us to break the silence, learn about the warning signs, and help end domestic violence.
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  • Prevention is Possible

    Prevention is Possible

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, domestic violence is preventable. We can stop violence before it happens in the first place, before people ever become victims or perpetrators of abuse. To learn more, check out this prevention resource created by the RICADV!
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  • No Más Silencio

    No Más Silencio

    Para acceder a nuestro sitio web en Español: www.ricadv.org/es/ayuda-y-servicios

    We engage Latino communities in Rhode Island, translating our materials and building partnerships to help end domestic violence. We strive to raise awareness about the help that is available in our state for those impacted by abuse and the ways we can all get involved to end it.

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The Newsroom

Latest News

RICADV Executive Director Deborah DeBare Accepts Position with the National Network to End Domestic Violence

[Warwick, RI – March 27, 2018] After nearly 23 years serving as executive director of The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV), Deborah DeBare has recently accepted a position as Senior Deputy Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. There, she will be working with coalitions from around the country to strengthen their capacity and solidify the work of the domestic violence movement on a national platform.  

“My two decades of service at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence have been extremely fulfilling and consistently challenging in ways I would never have expected,” said DeBare. “I have witnessed tremendous changes and pivots in the domestic violence movement during my time here, and I’m proud of all we have accomplished. After reflecting on what’s ahead, both for me and for RICADV, I am confident that the organization is well-prepared for this transition, with the staff, board, infrastructure, and resources necessary to move successfully into the future.”

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RI Domestic Violence Laws

Domestic Violence Prevention Act (§12-29)
These laws established a procedure for the Criminal Court System to handle domestic violence cases. This act created mandatory arrest, victimless prosecution, No Contact Orders, court advocates and batterers’ intervention programs.

Domestic Abuse Prevention, Family Court (§15-15) This act created Family Court Restraining Orders and provided a definition of Domestic Abuse within the Family Court. Persons qualified to receive such an order are those who are related to the defendant by blood or marriage, or those who are minors and have been in a substantial dating relationship with the defendant.

Domestic Abuse Prevention, District Court (§8-8.1) This act created District Court restraining orders and provided a definition of Domestic Abuse within the District Court Civil System. Persons qualified to receive such an order are those who have resided together or who have had a significant dating relationship within the past year.

Stalking (§11-59-1 and 2) and Cyberstalking (§11-52-4.2) These are the statutes that defined stalking and cyberstalking as crimes. Unfair discrimination against Subjects of Abuse Act (§27-60) This act made it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against victims of domestic violence.

Employment Protections (§12-28-10 and §28-44-17.1) These statutes made it illegal for a victim of domestic violence to be terminated due to the violence and also provide continued benefits for victims if they leave due to safety reasons.

Workplace Violence Protection (§28-52) This act allows an employer to file a restraining order for the place of business to protect that employer or an employee from a particular individual who has threatened or stalked the employer/employee.

Address Confidentiality Acts (§17-28, §15-22-5, and §40-5.1-46) These acts protect the addresses of domestic violence victims in voting, child support and FIP records.

Communications Center

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month +

    We conduct statewide public awareness campaigns each October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to keep the issue of domestic violence visible, provide information about community resources, and engage Rhode Islanders in helping 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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  • 35 Years of Progress

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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, click on the box at 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 tips on how to use the Internet and technology safely if you are in an abusive situation, visit the Privacy & Technology section of our website.

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Do you want to help end domestic violence in your community?

Visit our Calendar of Events to find ways to get involved!

To stay up to date on the work we do and how you can play your part, sign up to receive RICADV emails.

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AmazonSmile-webWhat is AmazonSmile?

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 http://smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, 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.

Lisa Leslie Says No More35th Anniversary Celebration

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.

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.

Contact Details

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

T (401) 467-9940

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