Ocean State officials announce $500,000 for domestic violence prevention

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The lasting impact of domestic violence continues and reverberates long after the abuse has ended, advocates said.

As an effort to help prevent domestic violence and develop effective, evidence-based strategies, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline and Seth Magaziner announced $500,000 in federal funding for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV).

RICADV is one of nine DELTA programs across the nation funded by the C.D.C’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Officials said the federal funding will help RICADV carry out its mission to lead on the issue of domesitc violence prevention in the Ocean State.

“RICADV and their partner agencies provide victims of domestic abuse with support, respect, and critical resources like medical care and a safe living environment.  This latest federal grant will strengthen RICADV’s capacity to prevent intimate partner violence, support victims, and end domestic abuse in our communities,” said Sen. Reed.

“It is critically important that we take an evidence-based approach to combatting domestic violence. I will continue working to deliver vital investments in programs that improve people’s lives, strengthen our communities, and help prevent domestic violence,” he continued.

The RICADV was formed in 1979 to support and assist the agencies serving victims and their families in Rhode Island and to provide leadership on the issue of domestic violence.

Affiliated agencies with the RICADV are as follows:

The RI Victims of Crime Helpline also provides free, confidential support for people impacted by crimes of violence, including domestic violence.

It is available 24/7, including weekends and holidays and can be reached at  1-800-494-8100.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline can also be reached at 1-800-799-7233.

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