[Providence, RI – September 30, 2014] To signal the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) 2014, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is coordinating a statewide Interfaith Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, October 1. On this day, Rhode Island's faith community will stand together in remembrance of the 10 individuals who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence in RI in 2013 while praying for those who are currently being impacted by domestic violence.
All faiths are welcome to participate. The statewide event is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., but participation is encouraged any time on October 1. People of faith, churches, mosques, synagogues and other faith institutions can take part in many ways, including ringing church bells, blowing the shofar, making Du'a, holding a moment of silence, or lighting a candle. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Interfaith2014.
Communities of faith can play a vital role in the prevention of domestic violence by providing strength, support and comfort to those affected by abuse and by creating an environment that does not tolerate it. Recognizing the Interfaith Day of Remembrance is just one way that faith communities can take a stand against domestic violence.
This DVAM, the RICADV is launching an integrated public awareness campaign that targets both English and Spanish speaking individuals to help different sectors of the community – including healthcare, the workplace, and faith communities – take action to end domestic violence. As part of its campaign, the RICADV will provide a digital toolkit containing a range of ways that various community sectors can help. When organizations step forward as leaders on this issue, individuals are more likely to have the support they need to get involved. DVAM partners include Dave's Marketplace, Rhode Island Medical Society, Rhode Island Catholic, Telemundo Providence, The Rhode Show, and 92 PRO-FM.
DVAM will bring many events and initiatives, including the third annual performance of Behind Closed Doors at Trinity Repertory Company on October 6, the RICADV's 35th anniversary celebration featuring WNBA legend Lisa Leslie on October 9, and a screening of Private Violence through HBO the week of October 20. The RICADV is also launching a newly designed website in October that will be responsive to smartphones and other mobile devices.