Rhode Island is first in the country to have statewide Law Enforcement Advocates

 

The Law Enforcement Advocate (LEA) program, wleashich has been successful at various police departments throughout Rhode Island,
has expanded to serve the entire state. After gaps in the system were identified in 2016, domestic violence and sexual assault service agencies throughout Rhode Island aplied for VOCA, VAWA, and other grants in order to be able to fully fund this program, which is coordinated by Day One and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) in partnership with law enforcement. The very first Law Enforcement Advocates in Rhode Island started in 1996 and the program has continued to grow.

“The Providence Police Department and our Law Enforcement Advocates have worked together to build a strong partnership over the years,” said Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr. “The relationship between our officers and LEA’s has proven invaluable when working with the innocent victims of domestic and sexual crimes and I am pleased to know that every department in the state will now benefit from this same partnership.”

The Law Enforcement Advocates are physically based within the police departments and fill a gap for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. When a police department identifies a case of domestic violence or sexual assault, the LEA is notified and reaches out to the victim to offer support and guidance. The LEA does not take the place of an attorney, but the advocate can help provide vital guidance and support to a victim during a time of extreme stress and confusion.

“Advocates throughout the state saw a serious need for advocacy in every Rhode Island community,” said Peg Langhammer, Executive Director of Day One. “Now, thanks to the expansion of this program, victims across Rhode Island will be supported every step of the way. In the last three years alone, Rhode Island LEAs have been able to support over 10,000 victims.”

Through the LEA, victims have access to services that are specific to their needs – such as emotional support, referrals for services, advocacy, and case assistance. Without safety planning, crisis intervention, and support services, victims of domestic and sexual violence will often return to their abuser. When victims feel supported and empowered to continue through the criminal justice process, more prosecutions proceed, and more offenders are held accountable for their actions, while victims and their families receive better outcomes.

“We focus on empowering victims,” said Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “Facing an abuser in court can be re-traumatizing for victims of violence; they need to know that they are believed and supported in their decisions throughout the process. LEAs play that crucial role for victims and keep us all safer.”

The overall goals of the Law Enforcement Advocate program include working to reduce trauma to victims, helping victims access and understand the criminal justice system, ensure that victims receive appropriate support services, and acting as a resource for both victims and police officers in cases of domestic violence and sexual assault.

“I would not be here today if it weren’t for the consistent support of my advocates,” said Linda, a survivor of domestic violence. “My advocate helped me arrange a safety plan, gave me a safe phone, helped me file a restraining order, and supported me through that difficult and stressful process. I wouldn’t have a life without the advocates who helped me. They saved my life.”

Thank you for your support this year!

We truly could not have done it without you. As we work toward our vision of creating a community that is free of sexual abuse and violence, we hope that our goal can one day be realized because of dedicated supporters like you.

As we near the end of 2016, we felt it was appropriate to look back at the past year and share some of what your support has helped us accomplish.
Year in Review:
  • Received 3,803 calls through the helpline
  • 690 children and adults treated by our highly skilled clinicians
  • 70 youth received services after being commercially sexually exploited (trafficked)
  • Provided 25 groups for adolescents, women and men including trauma-processing yoga groups
  • 74 Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) trainings / 1,422 individuals trained
  • Provided “Your Voice Your View” program (prevention education) in 19 schools: 16 high schools and 3 middle schools / 1728 students visited
We cannot thank you enough for supporting our mission, participating in our events, and donating throughout the year. We are grateful to you, the thousands of Rhode Islanders who joined us in addressing the issues that are affecting our communities and helped Day One lead the effort to provide real solutions for both victims and those at risk.
As we make a final fundraising push, we are aiming to raise $22,000 by December 31st. If we raise that amount, we’ll be able to provide services and materials for victims including journals for survivors to help them process their thoughts and emotional pain after abuse, art therapy materials for sex trafficking survivors to express themselves through painting and other media, offer additional middle and high school students sexual abuse prevention skills training through classroom instruction, and so much more.

Please consider a donation of $50, $100 or whatever you can give to help us meet our end of year goal. Your donation will help us not just close the year, but start 2017 strong and ready to work on the front lines against sexual violence.

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We truly appreciate your support, and look forward to supporting the community in the new year. Happy Holidays!
Sincerely,

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Peg Langhammer
Executive Director
Day One

Welcome Aboard

Day One is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Steven J. Boyajianand Adi Goldstein joined the board this fall. “We are extremely excited to have these community leaders join our board. Each will be a tremendous asset as we continue our growth trajectory,” said Peter Loescher, Day One Board President.
Adi Goldstein is a Partner at the law firm of Hinckley Allen.  With practices including Construction, Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate, and Trusts & Estates, Hinckley Allen provides a full range of legal services.  Ms. Goldstein’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, government investigations, healthcare, cyber security and sophisticated civil litigation.  Prior to joining Hinckley Allen, Ms. Goldstein was with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island where she was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for Rhode Island and after several promotions, became the first female Criminal Chief.  Ms. Goldstein is a graduate of the Columbia Law School and received her B.A. from Harvard University.

Steven J. Boyajian is a member of the Business Litigation Group at Robinson+Cole, an Am Law 200 firm serving regional, national, and international clients from nine offices throughout the Northeast, Florida, and California.  Focusing his practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, Mr. Boyajian represents creditors, creditors’ committees, financial institutions, equity holders, and trustees in formal bankruptcy proceedings and in in-court and out-of-court matters.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Boyajian was with a boutique bankruptcy firm in Providence, Rhode Island, where he counseled clients on all aspects of receivership proceedings and related litigation and in all stages of bankruptcy.  Mr. Boyajian holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and a B.A. in Politics from Pomona College.

Helpline

You may have heard about the new Providence hate crime hotline Mayor Elorza announced last week. But did you know that our helpline supports victims of hate crimes across the state? The Helpline gives 24-hour support and advocacy to those impacted by crimes of violence in Rhode Island, as well as non-offending friends and family members.
Advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide confidential support, crisis intervention, information, referrals and advocacy over the phone, as well as in-person support at local hospitals and/or police stations for victims. Advocates are trained in sexual assault, sex trafficking, domestic violence and hate crimes.

If you are in crisis and need to speak to an Advocate right away, call the Helpline at 1-800-494-8100.

Giving and Action – You Can Make a Difference

Giving and Action – You Can Make a Difference
in the lives of those we serve at Day One

#GivingTuesday is about generosity – a day to make a difference in the world at the start of the holiday season.

Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries around the world came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday.

The most meaningful gift we can give this holiday season is one that supports our community and brings it together to help build a better world.

Please join us in celebrating #GivingTuesday this year by making a gift to Day One. Every gift has impact and shows your support for life changing work. Whether it is helping us educate students on prevention of sexual violence or offering victims treatment, your donation truly makes a difference.

#GivingTuesday is also about action – taking it and inspiring it. Donate Today!

Social media is a place where people can voice their opinions and views. It is also a place to spark change. As we move into the holiday season, let us move away from the strife that has filled the internet over the past few weeks. This #GivingTuesday, join Day One in changing the tone to one of hope and unity. Take a selfie with the sign below. Simply write why you support Day One, snap a photo holding your sign and post to our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Help us take action by spreading hope and healing and show the generosity of our community by making a gift. Every gift is important. Any gift that is meaningful to you is meaningful to us; no amount is too small.

Thank you for supporting Day One in our mission to reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence and helping us to advocate for those affected by it.

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A response to our presidential election

It has been almost a week since the election results were tallied. Women and men throughout the United States and right here in Rhode Island have now had some time to comprehend and process the results. No matter your political affiliation or thoughts on the election, we want all Rhode Islanders to stand with us in staying positive, hopeful, and resilient in our nation’s future. The comments, fears, and discussions that have arisen from the election have brought a flood of emotions, but have most importantly reconfirmed our passion and commitment to the children and adults who are victims and survivors of sexual assault. Our resolve is stronger than ever.

Throughout the entire campaign, numerous comments were made that sent an unsettling message about sexual violence. Understandably, these comments could have upset or caused trauma to many Rhode Islanders, especially those who have been victims. And although the election is over, the trauma remains – and so should the discussion. What we all do and say about sexual violence matters!  Discussion can help build an understanding of the issues, enhance community safety and education, and ideally, prevent sexual violence.

Day One is here to provide treatment, intervention, education, advocacy, and prevention services to Rhode Islanders of all ages. There is hope in our communities as we come together as one. In fact, within just a few days of the election results, Day One has received over 25 volunteer requests. This is a testament that the people of Rhode Island want to make a difference and are standing up for victims.

No matter who won the presidential election, what we should hope for and expect from our leaders, is equality and support for victims of sexual assault. Thank you, Rhode Island, for standing with us in our mission to reduce the prevalence of sexual abuse in hopes of one day, creating a community that is free of sexual violence.

Peg Langhammer
Executive Director