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 Joseph Corsi

By Toni Marie Gomes, Executive Director, Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, and Lucy Rios, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

PAWTUCKET, R.I., March 13, 2023 – We are deeply saddened by the domestic violence homicide of Joseph Corsi, an 84-year-old Pawtucket community member who was found dead in his home on Saturday after a neighbor called in a wellness check. His grandson, Matthew Dufresne, who resides at the same home, has been charged with the murder.

Joseph was living a full life well into his elder years and was a vibrant friend, neighbor, community member, parent, and grandparent. Joseph had dreams, passions, and aspirations, all cut short by domestic violence. The aftermath of this murder impacts not only those who loved Joseph, but the neighborhood and community at large.

According to the Rhode Island Coalition for Elder Justice, 1,462 cases of elder abuse were reported in 2021 in RI –however, many cases go unreported. The Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging reports that 10% of Americans over the age of 60 experience abuse each year, and they are twice as likely as their peers to be hospitalized because of abuse. Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, verbal abuse, and intentional neglect. As people age, if they experience domestic violence, it is more likely to occur from a family member. The National Council on Aging shares that in almost 60% of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member.

Like all victims of domestic violence, our elder community members deserve health, dignity, empowerment, and justice. And as individuals, as communities, and as a state, we all have a role and responsibility to play in building a society free from domestic violence, a society where our community members can thrive.

If you suspect elder abuse: As relatives, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, we can help keep victims safe and prevent another tragedy. Learn about the signs of elder abuse at: or call 401-462-0555 to anonymously report elder abuse with the RI Office of Healthy Aging.

If you are in an abusive relationship or know someone who might be, or if you are looking for resources for a child who has witnessed domestic violence, call the Rhode Island statewide Helpline for 24-hour support and information at 800-494-8100 or use the online chat feature at or

Calling 911 if you suspect or witness abuse is an important step to take, but there are many other ways to help. If you know or suspect someone in your life is a victim of domestic violence, you can help that person stay safe. Listen, and express your concerns without judgment. Ask the person what you can do for them and check in consistently. Help the person create a plan that will keep them safe when abuse occurs and connect them with local resources. Additional information can be found at

About the BVAC: The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center (BVAC) has been providing services to victims of domestic violence in the Blackstone Valley area for over three decades, and now offers services in Providence County and northern Rhode Island. It is their voices, their struggles, and their experiences, which guide our work. BVAC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and to provide education and awareness on the issue of domestic violence. Visit for 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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