Uplifting domestic violence awareness through communications

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  • Sharing the latest news in DV prevention and awareness. 
  • We respond to domestic violence homicides, and high-profile cases in the news, in order to raise up the voices and experiences of survivors, honor the lives lost, and ensure media coverage is accurate, sensitive, and well-informed.

Public Awareness Campaigns

We conduct public awareness campaigns throughout the year to keep the issue of domestic violence visible in our state and to engage Rhode Islanders in saying “No More!” Together, we can end domestic violence.

For Press/Media

At the RICADV, we work with the media to raise awareness about domestic violence, the services and resources available, and the ways our communities can get involved to help prevent and end abuse.


Statement Regarding the Domestic Violence Murder of Janet Harrison

By Krista D’Amico, Deputy Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

JOHNSTON, R.I., May 25th, 2023 – We mourn the death of Janet Harrison, an 83-year-old Johnston community member who was killed in a domestic violence homicide yesterday. She was shot and killed by her son, James Harrison, in a triple shooting that claimed two lives. We grieve the loss of life of Janet’s neighbor, Thomas “TJ” May, who was also killed in the incident.

Janet had family and friends who loved her. She had a life full of achievements, hopes and dreams, all of which were lost due to this heinous act of gun violence. The murder of Janet Harrison is the fourth domestic violence homicide to occur in Rhode Island this year. All four incidents involved a victim over the age of 60.

Our hearts go out to Janet and TJ’s loved ones as they process this profound loss. We are devastated that TJ’s 15-year-old daughter was shot and injured in the incident, making her a victim and a witness of this horrendous act of violence.

When guns are involved, domestic violence becomes much more lethal. In a study of gun violence crimes in the U.S. from 2009 to 2016, over half, or 54% of mass shootings were related to domestic violence or family violence. Between 2016 and 2020, 42% of domestic violence homicides in Rhode Island involved firearms. Rhode Island needs more protective gun safety laws to prevent these tragedies. The RICADV, along with our violence prevention partners, remains committed to advocating for gun safety measures. This includes supporting the safe storage legislation and the assault weapons ban to protect victims of domestic violence and our community members.

Domestic abuse has damaging ripple effects, including the harmful ways it can affect children who witness violence or who lose parents or other loved ones to domestic violence. These impacts often last well into adulthood. We all deserve healing and safety. Our communities should be safe places free from violence where our families and children can grow and thrive.

Advocates at the RICADV member agencies can provide confidential support and resources for those impacted by domestic violence including children who witness violence, such as counseling services. Court advocates can also assist victims in applying for restraining orders, which can help to disarm violent abusers who have access to guns. To find a listing of the RICADV network of member agencies or to be put in contact with one in your area, call the Rhode Island statewide Helpline for 24-hour confidential support and information at 800-494-8100 or visit us online at

If you suspect elder abuse: you can learn more about the signs at and call 401-462-0555 to file an anonymous report with the RI Office of Healthy Aging.

About the EBCC: The Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center provides wraparound services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including crisis hotline, safety planning, advocacy at the Kent County Courthouse, law enforcement advocacy, emergency safe shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing opportunities, specialized counseling, support groups for victims as well as for family members, case management to connect clients to housing and other basic needs, and financial literacy classes.  All services, including counseling, are offered at no cost to clients.  EBCC’s focused service area is Central Rhode Island (Warwick, West Warwick, Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, Cranston, North Providence, Johnston, Scituate and Foster as well as all other towns whose cases are heard at Kent) but clients statewide can access services at EBCC if that is safer for them.  Please call 401-738-1700, email or visit for services and more information.

About the RICADV: The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. The RICADV was formed in 1979 to support and assist the domestic violence agencies in Rhode Island and to provide statewide leadership on the issue. The organization strives to create justice for victims and raises awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island. The RICADV’s network of ten member agencies provides a wide array of services for victims, including 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 for more information about the RICADV, call us at 401-467-9940 or visit us online at

Domestic Violence Online Guide for Journalists

We work with the Rhode Island media to ensure that press coverage on domestic violence increases awareness about the issue, provides information about available resources, and engages the community to help end abuse. Visit the RICADV’s Online Guide for Journalists for best practices on covering domestic violence.

Media Contact:

Alicia Mickelson
Communications Manager
P: 401.467.9940

Media Members

If you are a member of the media on a deadline and reach out before or after 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri. or on a weekend, please contact the state Helpline: 1-800-494-8100

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Helpline Available 24/7

The confidential statewide Helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-494-8100 or using the online chat here. The Helpline is for all victims of violent crime, including domestic and dating abuse, and those looking for more information to help a victim of violence.

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