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With your help, we've made great strides in the movement to end domestic violence in Rhode Island. We now invite you to stand with us, our task force of domestic violence survivors (SOAR - Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), and six member agencies (Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, Sojourner House, Women's Center of RI, Women's Resource Center) on March 11 as we let local leaders KNOW that we must all come together to prevent domestic violence.
Future generations need us to do the work involved in creating healthy communities that are free of violence. Our children have a right to a peaceful world where the threat of domestic violence no longer exists. Building this future is our responsibility and can be our legacy.
So please join us as we propel our movement forward on this special day. Let our collective presence send the message that the statewide domestic violence community is strong and committed to this issue. NO MORE. Together we can prevent and end domestic violence.
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[Providence, RI – February 26, 2014] In an effort to engage youth throughout Rhode Island in a conversation about healthy relationships, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) hosted a statewide Tweet Chat yesterday, February 25, from 4-5 p.m. Discussions about healthy relationship behaviors and warning signs of unhealthy relationships equipped young people with the skills they need to identify abusive situations. Local students participated, including those from Rhode Island high schools, youth groups like Young Voices (creators of this year's Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month Public Service Announcement), and colleges, including the Johnson & Wales Gender Equity Center, who hosted the Tweet Chat for a second time. These young people, and other RICADV partners in the movement to end dating and domestic violence, took to Twitter to raise awareness about relationship abuse and define what healthy love is for their communities.
Rhode Island youth also shared depictions of healthy love in February through the RICADV's #KNOWwhatloveis Instagram contest. The Tweet Chat served as a forum for announcing the contest winners and honorable mentions. Having asked Rhode Islanders between the ages of 12 and 24 to illustrate what healthy love is to them via Instagram photo submissions, the RICADV, its Public Awareness Working Group (PAWG; comprised of member agency representatives – see below for a list of the RICADV's six member agencies), and its task force of dating and domestic violence survivors, SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), selected three winning photos out of almost 200 submissions.
Each winning entry clearly conveyed a healthy relationship through the unique perspective of the contest participant. The first placephoto represented the importance of exemplifying healthy love for one's family and being a healthy relationship role model for the next generation. The second place entry, a recreation of a popular meme, conveyed that "love is caring even when you're angry," respectful even when you disagree. The third place submission depicted that former partners can still have a healthy relationship even if they're no longer together and that setting this example for one's family has a significant impact on children's understanding of healthy love. All three winning photos illustrate that while healthy relationships require work, take many forms, and can stem from a variety of situations, the constant between all of them is a shared respect and care for the well-being of those involved. The RICADV's Instagram Contest honorable mentions and other top photos can be viewed on the organization's website.