Rhode Island Data Dashboard on Domestic Violence

Welcome to the Rhode Island Data Dashboard on Domestic Violence, created by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence in collaboration with our partners. Using the best available data, this dashboard contains data points that describe the problem of domestic violence in Rhode Island. It also includes data related to factors that increase the risk of domestic violence, such as economic insecurity, or that help protect against it, such as access to safe, affordable housing.

By better understanding and utilizing the data we have, we can strengthen our response and prevention efforts in our state. We can better serve and support survivors of abuse and enhance the ways we work together to prevent domestic violence before it happens in the first place.

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Data Across Age Groups

Creating safe and supportive communities

When we have policies and environments that support families and communities to thrive, domestic abuse is less likely to happen, and where children, families, and all people can live their best lives, free from violence. Click on the bubbles to reveal more information about each subject. (Best viewed on a desktop.) 

Affordable Housing

The lack of safe, affordable housing is one of the primary barriers that survivors of domestic violence face when they choose to leave an abusive partner.

Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness for women and children.

Safe, affordable housing increases stability in people’s lives, decreasing disruption and isolation. Stable housing promotes the wellbeing of Rhode Island families, including victims of domestic violence and their children.

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Economic Supports for Families

Economic insecurity is a risk factor for domestic abuse, meaning it increases the likelihood domestic violence will happen. By creating economic stability for all people, we can improve a wide range of health outcomes in our state and work towards decreasing rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) in our communities. We must educate decision makers on the need for policies that increase household income and financial stability for all Rhode Islanders.

We must also fund community-based organizations led by and serving those most impacted by domestic abuse and amplify their priorities for ending economic violence and increasing economic security.

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Health Equity

Research shows rates of domestic violence decrease in communities with access to quality education and health care, safe, affordable housing and transportation, healthy food, jobs that pay a thriving wage, and open, green space such as parks. While domestic violence happens in every city and town in Rhode Island, some groups are at an increased risk for violence because the distribution of these resources that keep people safe and promote wellbeing is not equitable. Historically oppressed groups, including Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) individuals, women, people who are LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, young people, and immigrants are among those most impacted by intimate partner violence and its risk factors.

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Changing the Culture

While we continue to advocate for the safety of victims of domestic abuse and their children, we must also shift the harmful norms, attitudes and behaviors that allow this violence to happen. One way we can do this is by engaging men as allies to challenge rigid gender norms that harm women and LGBTQIA+ and gender nonbinary people. This work can also include challenging harmful myths, stereotypes, and misconceptions about domestic violence, such as victim-blaming attitudes, and viewing domestic violence as a private matter rather than a community problem.

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Safe School Climate

A positive school climate promotes students' social, mental, emotional, behavioral, and learning success and strong relationships among students, teachers, and families. It also ensures physical and social safety and access to school-based health supports.

Creating school environments that promote healthy relationships, respectful boundaries, social-emotional skills, and feelings of safety and that reduce tolerance for violence and discrimination among students and school staff can play an important role in preventing teen dating violence.

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Green and Open Spaces

Research has linked the presence of green space to reductions in rates of intimate partner violence and other forms of violence. Green space has also been linked to an increase in the factors that protect against domestic violence, such as higher levels of community connectedness, and to lowered risks of depression, lowered obesity rates, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Increasing green and open space may take the form of developing a deserted parking lot into a community garden or increasing tree canopy and walking trails within a community.

Green and complete streets help promote walking and biking and safe access to public transportation, beautify and shade parks and schools, and reduce and treat polluted storm water.

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Community & Youth Leadership

Our communities hold the knowledge and power to build a Rhode Island free from violence, poverty, racism, and oppression. As a state, we must invest in the health and wellbeing of our communities, center the experiences of those most impacted by violence and inequity, and fund them to identify priorities and develop solutions.

Young people are one of the most at-risk groups for domestic violence, and many are leading change to build safe, caring, and just communities where violence no longer exists. We must nurture their courage, creativity, and wisdom and provide empowering spaces for young people to learn leadership and social-emotional skills, cultivate self-worth, build strong social support networks, and embody healthy, respectful relationships.

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Reports that help us understand the issue of domestic violence

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Rhode Island

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Rhode Island is a publication that the RICADV developed to help our partners and community members connect to our priorities for preventing domestic violence. The data dashboard tells a localized story about what these priorities look like in Rhode Island, highlighting some of the evidence-informed strategies that can help stop domestic violence before it starts. Please read our state vision for prevention to learn more about our work and partnerships!

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More About the Data Dashboard

We envision the data dashboard as a continuous collaboration and conversation. We invite our partners, community members, and other interest holders to reach out with your ideas to co-evolve this tool to be the most accurate, useful, and meaningful domestic violence data resource. Please send any feedback to RICADV Evaluator Cynthia Roberts at, Cynthia@ricadv.org

  • Organizations and community partners working to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence, including advocacy, social services, public health, public policy, and youth-serving organizations
  • State agencies, elected officials, and policymakers
  • Members of the news media
  • School administrators, educators, and other school personnel
  • Rhode Island Health Equity Zones (HEZ)
  • The RICADV network of member agencies and the RICADV Board of Directors
  • Members of the survivor task force SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), the RICADV’s statewide prevention strategy Ten Men, and the RI State Leadership Team for Intimate Partner Violence Prevention
  • Survivors of domestic abuse and related forms of violence
  • Community members

Measuring and reporting on gender-based violence. We acknowledge that much of the data included in the data dashboard represent gender variables using the gender binary only (male/female) and that gender is more complex than the binary construct. We recognize that LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming people experience domestic abuse and interrelated forms of violence at disproportionately high rates.1 It is essential to our work to end violence that gender-based data are accurately, inclusively collected and represented. We continue to work within the RICADV, within systems, and with local and national partners to advocate for data systems and approaches that accurately represent gender and gender-based violence.

Measuring and reporting on race and ethnicity and disability. Black and Indigenous people, people of color, and people with disabilities experience domestic abuse and other forms of violence at disproportionately high rates. Where possible, we utilize disaggregated data to understand and highlight such disparities; however, not all data points are available disaggregated by race, ethnicity, or disability. We continue to work within the RICADV, within systems, and with local and national partners to advocate for the collection and sharing of disaggregated data whenever possible to identify those most impacted by violence and its risk factors.

  1. National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Violence Against Trans and Non-Binary People. https://vawnet.org/sc/serving-trans-and-non-binary-survivors-domestic-and-sexual-violence

For questions and more information, please contact Cynthia Roberts, Evaluator at the RICADV, at Cynthia@ricadv.org

We are grateful to the community of partners who helped inform and shape the Data Dashboard, including members of the RI State Leadership Team for Intimate Partner Violence Prevention; recipients of the RI Deborah DeBare Domestic Violence Prevention Fund; colleagues in our national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) DELTA funding cohort, and individuals who provided key thought partnership along the way, including Linda Katz, J.D.; Samantha Rosenthal, Ph.D., Peg Votta, and others. Thank you for your contributions!

Disclaimer: Funding for this project was made possible by: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperative agreement number 5 NUS4CE002308-05-00. The conclusions, findings, and opinions expressed by authors contributing to this project do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the authors’ affiliated institutions.

Contact Us

For questions or more information, please contact Cynthia Roberts, Evaluator at the RICADV, at Cynthia@ricadv.org

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