FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sara Molinaro, RICADV: (401) 467-9940, Cell: (732) 546-1162
Statement by Judith Earle, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center & Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
"Our hearts go out to the children, family and community of Stacie Dorego. We are horrified and saddened by this gruesome act of domestic violence. Her tragic death, the first domestic violence murder of 2012, reminds us how far we still must go to realize a society free of domestic violence."
"We are particularly saddened to hear about such young children found at the scene of the crime. Domestic violence has powerful and long-term impacts on children who live in homes where domestic violence occurs. Children who witness violence often experience trauma-related problems ranging from developmental delays to trouble in school, and they are much more likely to become involved in abusive relationships as they get older. In 2011, member agencies of the RICADV provided shelter, counseling and other services to 739 children in our state."
"This case in particular reminds us that we must work much harder to stop the cycle of abuse before it escalates to the point of deadly violence. Mr. Greenslit had numerous domestic violence charges pressed against him in the past, many of which were misdemeanors that were later dismissed. The challenges presented by domestic violence crimes are unique, but we must ensure that the justice system is working to keep victims safe and hold criminals accountable. In 2011, almost 40% of domestic violence misdemeanor cases in Rhode Island were dismissed before the completion of a trial."
"Ultimately, we know that if we want to stop domestic violence murders in Rhode Island, we need to stop domestic violence. There are six local domestic violence agencies in our state that provide a wide array of services, including 24 hour hotline support, emergency shelter, support groups and assistance with the legal system. We urge all Rhode Islanders to remember that if they hear or see someone being hurt to call 911 immediately and if they or someone they know needs support to call the statewide Helpline at 800-494-8100."