FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
CONTACT: Reza Clifton, RICADV: (401) 467-9940, Cell: (401) 497-5246
Statement by Kristin Lyons, Executive Director of the Women's Center of Rhode Island & Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
"Though not much has yet been released about the attempted murder of an East Providence woman and apparent suicide in Seekonk of the husband 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."
"Any act of violence between intimate partners in RI is classified as domestic violence under state law and we know that this type of violence happens in all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island – crossing every race, ethnicity, income bracket, age-range and education level. It is also important to keep in mind that behind every incident of domestic violence, even an initial incident, there is a history and escalation of abusive behavior, including emotional or psychological abuse, even if it's not been reported to police, friends or family."