Public policy does not change on its own. Change requires the active civic participation of constituencies. The RICADV has a broad network of supporters through its member agencies as well as through its community partnerships to help leverage grassroots demand for stronger local and national policies on domestic violence.
In addition, the RICADV’s task force of survivors, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR), was founded in 1989 to promote, advocate and work towards the elimination of domestic violence and to embody and give visibility to the voices of abused women. SOAR represents the community organizing arm of the Coalition by organizing people and their personal social networks to advocate for positive change. Most recently, SOAR members helped produce Safety for Children, a report on the impact of Rhode Island’s custody system on victims of domestic violence and their children.