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Regarding the Domestic Violence-Related Murder of Timothy J. Robillard and Suicide of Robert Amado

Statement by Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) and Linda Impagliazzo, Executive Director, Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center

Regarding the Domestic Violence-Related Murder of Timothy J. Robillard and Suicide of Robert Amado

"We are grieved at the alarming loss of life in Pawtucket that was reported late yesterday evening. Our sincere condolences go out to all those affected by this terrible crime."

"This incident reminds us that domestic violence is a community health issue, one that is not going away. People are often shocked and outraged that something so awful could happen where they live or to people they know. But we must recognize that domestic violence is pervasive and that no one is immune. One in four women and one in seven men experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime. Domestic violence is perpetrated every day in every community in Rhode Island, and murder is often the final abusive act in a pattern of violent behaviors that came before."

"In addition to endangering those directly involved, domestic violence can rattle our neighborhoods, jeopardize our safety and take away our sense of security. Domestic violence unravels the fabric of our communities, and we must act now to prevent such violence from occurring in the future."

"We missed an opportunity this legislative session when the Rhode Island General Assembly failed to pass the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, a critical step toward preventing future violence and to creating a world in which our neighborhoods and loved ones are safe. In the wake of this tragedy, we call on all Rhode Islanders to take a stand – we must make addressing domestic violence a priority if we truly wish to end it in our state."

"According to published police reports, the incident occurred due to a relationship that ended. Sadly, we know that attempting to end a violent relationship is often the most dangerous time for a person being abused, and our member agencies continue to provide services that keep domestic violence victims safe, including 24-hour hotline support and emergency shelter. Each of us can also do our own part as active bystanders to help those whom we suspect or know are witnessing abuse. Even the most basic step we take to help can save someone's life. Learn more at our website, www.ricadv.org, or call the statewide Helpline for more information."

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Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Murder of Shelina Moreino

Regarding the Domestic Violence Murder of Shelina Moreino

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 12, 2014

CONTACT: Cristina Williams at RICADV: (401) 467-9940; Cell: (917) 940-3729; cristina@ricadv.org; www.ricadv.org; Facebook.com/RICADV; Twitter @RICADV

Statement by Linda Impagliazzo, Executive Director, Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, and Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic
Violence (RICADV)

“We are extremely saddened by the death of Shelina Moreino, mother of an eight-year-old daughter and beloved member of her Central Falls community. We extend our heartfelt condolences to all those who have been impacted by this heinous crime, which occurred early Sunday morning.”

“Shelina’s death is a grievous reminder that domestic violence is perpetrated every day in Rhode Island behind closed doors by abusers seeking to control their partners. It is important to realize that this crime was not an isolated incident but the final abusive act in a pattern of violent behaviors.”

Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Death of Catherine Salvi

Regarding the Domestic Violence Death of Catherine Salvi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 6, 2014

CONTACT: Cristina Williams, Manager, Communications & Public Relations, RICADV; (401) 467-9940; Cell: (917) 940-3729; cristina@ricadv.org; www.ricadv.org; Facebook.com/RICADV; Twitter @RICADV

Statement by Vanessa Volz, Executive Director, Sojourner House, and Deborah DeBare, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV)

"We are very saddened today to learn of the death of Catherine Salvi, beloved daughter, mother of a two-year-old son, family member and friend to many in her Woonsocket community. Our hearts go out to all those affected at this time with hope that they find solace in one another in the aftermath of this tragedy."

"Catherine's death is the result of a domestic violence incident that happened on December 13, 2013 and is the first domestic violence-related death of 2014 in Rhode Island. Catherine was brutally assaulted by Emmanuel Algaria, her live-in boyfriend and father of her son, according to police. She struggled to survive in the weeks after the assault but ultimately never awoke from a coma."

"This tragedy is a stark reminder that domestic violence happens in every community and that no individual or family is immune. It is especially important for community members to understand the warning signs, even if they are not obvious and even if they are not initially physical. Early warning signs of domestic abuse can include extreme jealousy, forced isolation, blaming, controlling, and condescending language or behavior."

"Some examples of an abusive partner include someone who:

  • Wants to know where his/her partner is all of the time and incessantly calls, emails and texts his/her partner.
  • Is excessively jealous and accuses his/her partner of having affairs.
  • Insists that his/her partner stop spending time with friends and family or on other activities.

"For additional red flags, visit http://nnedv.org/resources/stats/gethelp/redflagsofabuse.html [National Network to End Domestic Violence]."

"It is also important to understand that domestic violence is not one physical or isolated act of violence; it consists of a multitude of controlling behaviors that can ultimately escalate into physical violence. It is vital for each of us to know the signs of abuse so that we can prevent violence from happening before it starts. Catherine's murder illustrates that, even in families with no recorded history of abuse, domestic violence can be perpetrated every day behind closed doors by abusers who seek to control their partners. Murder is often the final act of abuse. (Learn about the power and control dynamics in abusive relationships here: http://www.ricadv.org/en/resources/other-resources/132-violence-wheel)."

"We must come together and, through our actions, change what is considered normal or accepted behavior in relationships. Every Rhode Islander has a role to play in the prevention of domestic violence, and we are committed to helping others KNOW MORE to DO MORE. The lives of many of our loved ones are depending on it—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30 percent of women in Rhode Island and 20 percent of men have suffered domestic abuse at some point during their lifetimes, yet only a small number have sought services."

"As we work to enhance domestic violence prevention and eradicate domestic violence in our communities, education will play a vital role in helping community members learn about the many forms of domestic abuse
that exist, the warning signs, and how to help victims of domestic violence, especially those who do not seek support from agencies. As a family member, friend, colleague, or neighbor, you will usually be the first person to learn of abuse, and it is important to remember that even the smallest step can save someone's life."

"We must take action now. Catherine's murder and the countless domestic violence incidents that happen in Rhode Island and every state each and every day are part of a public health crisis. The high statewide incidence of domestic violence assaults and people seeking services show us that domestic abuse is happening in Rhode Island—but the good news is that it is preventable through community involvement. We can create communities that are free of domestic violence by knowing what to look for and instituting support systems within our network of families, friends, colleagues and neighbors. To prevent another tragedy, we all must make a commitment to say NO MORE; together we can end domestic violence."

Rhode Island Domestic Violence Resources: 

“Sojourner House, located in Providence and Woonsocket, has been providing programs and services to the communities it serves for over 35 years. The agency is part of the RICADV and offers 24-hour daily support to victims of abuse, including support groups, emergency shelter, transitional housing, sexual health advocacy, emotional support, counseling, referrals to over 50 other community partners providing additional assistance, and more."

“The RICADV's six local domestic violence agencies provide a wide array of services for victims, including 24-hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system. For more information about these organizations and services, call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100. If you hear or see someone being hurt, call 911 immediately.”

“For additional resources on how to help someone in an abusive relationship, visit www.ricadv.org or call the statewide Helpline.”

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Regarding the Domestic Violence Murders of Evelyn Burgos and Vanessa Perez

Regarding the Domestic Violence Murders of Evelyn Burgos and Vanessa Perez

Statement by Judith Earle, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, and Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 12, 2013

CONTACT: Cristina Williams at RICADV: (401) 467-9940; Cell: (917) 940-3729; cristina@ricadv.org; www.ricadv.org; Facebook.com/RICADV; Twitter @RICADV

"We are very saddened today at the loss of the lives of Evelyn Burgos and her daughter, Vanessa Perez. We are, however, grateful that Burgos' two-year-old son Isaiah Perez was found physically unharmed after being abducted from his home following the alleged murder of his mother and sister by Daniel Rodriguez."

"Our hearts go out to the family, friends and community of the two women and the three children who may have witnessed the tragedy. Domestic violence all too often impacts families, friends and bystanders, and we must remember them in our response to and prevention of these cases. While the details of this particular case are still unfolding, we know that Rodriguez has a lengthy criminal history that includes domestic violence incidents, and that Rodriguez and Burgos were involved in an ongoing domestic dispute, according to police."

Regarding the Domestic Violence Attempted Murder of Jacqueline Aquil and Suicide of Amos Labrador

Regarding the Domestic Violence Attempted Murder of Jacqueline Aquil and Suicide of Amos Labrador

Press Statement by Kristin Lyons, Executive Director of the Women's Center of Rhode Island, and Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 26, 2013

CONTACT: Cristina Williams at RICADV: (401) 467-9940; Cell: (917) 940-3729; cristina@ricadv.org; www.ricadv.org; Facebook.com/RICADV; Twitter @RICADV

"Though not much has yet been released about the attempted murder of Jacqueline Aquil and apparent suicide of her live-in partner and alleged batterer, we at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Women's Center of Rhode Island are concerned about the issue of domestic violence, a clear factor in this case."

"Police responding to the calls of neighbors, apparently heard arguing and gun shots at the scene. Aquil was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where she is reported to be in stable condition. Though her injuries were not life threatening, we know that in many cases where firearms are involved, victims are often killed. We are very grateful that people did not ignore the violence, were proactive, and that as a result, Aquil is safe. As this situation exemplifies, every Rhode Islander has a vital role in ending domestic violence; we commend those who called the authorities and prevented a worse tragedy."

"The high number of domestic violence deaths caused by firearms illustrates the extreme dangers that guns can bring to a home. Approximately 50 percent of the domestic violence deaths in Rhode Island since 1980 have been caused by firearms. The presence of firearms greatly increases the danger not just for domestic violence victims, but also for bystanders — of the 37 domestic violence attacks we have on record since 1980 resulting in multiple deaths, only 7 of those were not committed with guns and every death of a child in those incidents was caused by a firearm."

"In domestic violence tragedies there are often multiple casualties — children who witness, friends, family members and neighbors, as well as the suicide of the perpetrator who has committed the final act of abuse. In addition to Wednesday's attempted murder-suicide, there were the murders of Carla Bowen and Christopher Butler by John Oliveira, who also committed suicide in March of this year. All of this transpired while Bowen's two children were in the house."

"It is important to remember that domestic violence happens in every community and incidents such as this one are part of a public health crisis. To prevent another tragedy, citizens and policymakers must make a commitment to say NO MORE and help end domestic violence; together we can end it. The RICADV's six local domestic violence agencies provide a wide array of services for victims — including 24 hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups, counseling services, and assistance with the legal system. For more information about these organizations and services, call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100. And if you hear or see someone being hurt, call 911 immediately."

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