Woonsocket domestic assault victim dies

Woonsocket domestic assault victim dies

WOONSOCKET – A city woman allegedly assaulted by her live-in boyfriend died this week at Rhode Island Hospital.

Catherine Salvi, 24, has been hospitalized since mid-December following an incident for which 21-year-old Emmanuel Algaria has been charged with felony domestic assault. Now, those charges may be upgraded from assault to homicide.

Salvi and Algaria had a two year old son together, and have lived together for the past three years at 316 Manville Road.

In light of the news of Salvi's death, Vanessa Volz, executive director of Sojourner House, and Deborah DeBare, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, released a joint statement.

"This tragedy is a stark reminder that domestic violence happens in every community and that no individual or family is immune. It is especially important for community members to understand the warning signs, even if they are not obvious and even if they are not initially physical," the press release explained. "Early warning signs of domestic abuse can include extreme jealousy, forced isolation, blaming, controlling, and condescending language or behavior."

"Catherine's murder and the countless domestic violence incidents that happen in Rhode Island and every state each and every day are part of a public health crisis. The high statewide incidence of domestic violence assaults and people seeking services show us that domestic abuse is happening in Rhode Island, but the good news is that it is preventable through community involvement. We can create communities that are free of domestic violence by knowing what to look for and instituting support systems within our network of families, friends, colleagues and neighbors."

Algaria has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions since the Dec. 13 attack.

Salvi's friends and family members have been raising funds to help pay for her medical expenses at gofundme.com and donations have been collected at The Mane Spot Salon at 30 Main St.