FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 17, 2013
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV), Its Member Agencies, and SOAR, Its Taskforce of Survivors
"Don't let Victims of Domestic Violence stand alone one more day. Restore funding to vital program that saves lives."
[PROVIDENCE] The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), and its member agencies that run the statewide Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, and Women's Resource Center) implore members of the community to join them at a Silent Demonstration in support of the Court Advocacy Program and unserved Victims of Domestic Violence. The agencies were forced to close the offices on Mondays because of years of severe funding cuts to the program, and they will remain closed unless funding is restored by the State.
Approximately 1,600 victims stand to go unserved; the potential consequences of the States lack of attention are grave.
Details of the Silent Demonstration are below.
A Silent Demonstration to remind legislators to restore critical funding to the Court Advocacy Program.
The RICADV, allies and supporters are gathering in the Rotunda at the Statehouse from 3:30-5 p.m. and asks the community to show support for the Court Advocacy Program and Victims of Domestic Violence who remain unserved on Mondays because the State has not restored funding to this vital service that saves lives.
During the Silent Demonstration, a period of extended silence will take place. Attendees will also be asked to sit in the house/senate galleries.
This very symbolic act is a collective effort to let legislators know that community members are watching and waiting for them to do the right thing for Victims of Domestic Violence. They must restore funding to the Court Advocacy Program now.
The RICADV, SOAR Domestic Violence Survivors, RICADV Member Agencies, Court Advocates, Allies, Partners, Supporters, Community Members, and Silent Witnesses
Thursday, June 20, 2013
3:30 – 5 p.m.
State House (Rotunda)
82 Smith Street