We've re-launched our Hidden Meanings campaign with a new look, shedding light on subtle tactics abusers use to gain power and control. Abusers minimize their actions and discredit their partner's feelings, saying things like, "I was just joking," or downplaying forms of physical abuse as a "joke."
This DVAM, we'll take a closer look at seemingly ordinary behaviors to reveal their true meaning in abusive situations. You will hear survivor stories on social media, hear local radio, Pandora, and Spotify public service announcements, and see billboards and ads displayed in Rhode Island. We invite you to follow us on social media to see more throughout October!
Visit our Teen Center to find resources and information for young people in RI, and to learn about our public awareness efforts in February, national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Learn more about our recent public awareness campaigns below.
2018 – Hidden Meanings
In 2018, we launched a statewide public awareness campaign called Hidden Meanings, to send the message that domestic violence is not just physical.
Shining a light on other forms of abuse, the campaign calls on Rhode Islanders to learn more about the warning signs and be able to identify potential red flags in a relationship. For information about the dynamics and warning signs of intimate partner violence, read our informational handbook Peace At Home.
The campaign was featured on buses and billboards throughout the state, and on local radio stations and Pandora. Click below to learn more.
Vigil at the Rhode Island State House
During the week of October 14th, the RI State House was illuminated in purple to raise awareness about domestic violence.
On Tuesday, October 16th, we held a candlight vigil in partnership with our member agencies on the steps of the Rhode Island State House, to remember and honor all those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
2017 – 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. When we stay silent, domestic violence thrives.It's time for all of us to speak up, learn about the warning signs, and help end domestic violence.
This public awareness campaign features URI student athletes speaking out against domestic violence and asking their fellow Rhode Islanders to do the same.
Domestic violence impacts all of us, and will take all of us, together, to end it. How will you “get off the bench”? How will you play your part?
A radio public service announcement also aired in both English and Spanish.
2014 – Know More. Do More.
In 2013 and 2014, the RICADV launched a public awareness campaign to help bystanders "Know More and Do More" to end domestic violence in Rhode Island.
The 2013 campaign focused on empowering individuals to take action. Then in 2014, we engaged communities and organizations to get involved, as a strategy to create more widespread, sustainable change.
Radio & PANDORA PSA
2013 – Know More.
KNOW MORE VIDEO PROJECT:
SURVIVOR STORIES OF BYSTANDER INTERVENTION
CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM
We need community leaders to support and drive efforts to address and end domestic violence. In 2013, Governor Raimondo (who was General Treasurer at that time) got involved in our campaign to raise awareness about the Crime Victim Compensation Program.
Gina M. Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island (former RI General Treasurer)