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Funding & Resources

Domestic Violence Prevention Fund

Rhode Island's DELTA Impact Grant

Domestic Violence Prevention Fund (DVPF) Purpose & Goals

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health issue that can be prevented.

The purpose of the DVPF is to increase the number of schools, community groups and community-based organizations that are engaged in a public health approach to preventing IPV.

DVPF projects can, for example, support RI schools to align with the state’s comprehensive teen dating violence education law, the Lindsay Ann Burke Act through school climate and systems change strategies, such as:

  • Policy implementation
  • Staff training
  • Media campaigns
  • Community organizing with parent organizations, athletic programs and district-level health and wellness committees

While domestic violence and dating abuse can happen to anyone, the burden of this violence is not shared equally among groups. Women of color, people who are LGBTQ, people with disabilities and youth bear a disproportionate impact.

The goal of the DVPF is to address such disparities in Rhode Island by supporting prevention strategies that prioritize and center communities most impacted by IPV. The DVPF Advisory Committee gives priority to proposals that focus on engaging and affirming youth of color; LGBTQ, Two-Spirit, and Gender Nonconforming youth; and youth with disabilities in IPV prevention efforts and activities.

DVPF Grant Making Process

The DVPF supports two categories of funded projects, Implementation Projects and Community Micro-grants.


Accepting Grants

During the period when grant applications are being accepted, the RICADV will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP). We promote the RFP among our networks and announce it on our communications platforms. 

Follow us on social media, and sign up for our email newsletters to make sure you receive updates! The RFP is also posted here on this page of our website.


Grant Review Process

When the RFP window closes, the RICADV convenes the DVPF Advisory Committee, a legislated committee made up of members of the RICADV’s Board of Directors, as well as directors of several state departments, including the department of health, the department of human services, the office of the attorney general, and the office of the general treasurer, or their designees.


Decision on Awards

The Advisory Committee reviews all proposals and makes decisions on the awards. The RICADV provides technical assistance and support to the committee and does not have a voting seat.

History of DVPF

The Domestic Violence Prevention Fund (DVPF) was established by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 2016. It was renamed the Deborah DeBare DVPF in 2018, in honor of the RICADV’s longstanding executive director Deborah DeBare, who led the coalition for 22 years.

By passing the DVPF legislation (R.I.G.L. § 12-29-12), the General Assembly created a fund with the primary purpose of preventing intimate partner violence (IPV), which includes domestic violence and dating abuse. This is the first state funding of its kind and the only state-level funding available in Rhode Island to address the prevention of IPV.

The DVPF is administered by the RICADV and funds evidence-informed primary prevention programs in Rhode Island. Primary prevention aims to stop IPV before it starts, to prevent people from ever becoming victims or perpetrators of abuse.

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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