The Pro Bono Program’s Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project received high marks during a 12/13/19 monitoring site visit by representatives from the NH Attorney General’s Granite Management unit.  Pro Bono Director Virginia Martin and DOVE Coordinator Pamela Dodge met with the grants review team to assure DOVE’s compliance with the Project’s use of federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) fund.  The review team found that Pro Bono’s administration of the DOVE Project  “exceeded their expectations,” setting the standard for all other sub-grantees of VAWA funding.

The meeting was an occasion to feature the important work being done by Pro Bono’s DOVE Project volunteer lawyers and staff who assist members. We were able to place the spotlight on DOVE, highlighting the value that this program offers to NH residents. One reviewer commented, “It’s nice to know that there are people in New Hampshire with your expertise working so hard to connect and provide services for such a vulnerable portion of our population.”

The Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project is a program of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program that provides victims of violence and stalking with emergency legal services. The DOVE Project provides free legal representation to qualifying clients at final Domestic Violence  and Stalking Restraining Order hearings.


As of June 1, 2021, The DOVE Project transferred from the New Hampshire Bar Association to 603 Legal Aid. If you have questions or need assistance, please call Pam Dodge or Elyse McKay at 603-224-3333. The NHBA Pro Bono Referral System is also part of 603 Legal Aid.