Domestic violence campaign: “Get Off the Bench!”

October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence has launched a new campaign that features URI student athletes speaking out against domestic violence and asking their fellow Rhode Islanders to do the same.

The statewide “Get Off the Bench!” campaign specifically targets the athletic community and college campuses as a way to reach Rhode Islanders and urge them to “get off the bench” and get involved in community efforts to end domestic violence.

The public is invited to keep an eye out for the RI CADV’s outdoor advertising campaign throughout the state and the group’s digital ads online, as well the public service announcements that will run on TV, radio, and Pandora all month long.

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director, Deborah DeBare stopped by “The Rhode Show” on Thursday morning to discuss this campaign, along with Keith Labelle, Faculty Supervisor of the URI Bystander Intervention Program.

There are many ways to help stop domestic violence in the community. Examples include calling 911 if you see or hear someone being abused, educating yourself and others about the dynamics and warning signs of domestic violence, and asking someone who is being abused if they are okay and how you can help. Simply saying something could save a life.

Local resources

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, call the 24-hour statewide helpline at 1-800-494-8100 to speak with someone who can help.

Visit No More RI.org for information about local community resources.

Here are some of the other segments featured on The Rhode Show on October 15, 2015:

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