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Domestic Violence

Help is Available - If you are in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1.

NH Domestic Violence Hotline
866-644-3574
NH Sexual Assault Hotline
800-277-5570
The Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project
What is the DOVE Project?
The Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project is a program of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Pro Bono Referral Program that provides victims of domestic violence with emergency legal services. DOVE is operated in partnership with domestic violence services agencies throughout New Hampshire and relies on the donated services of specially trained attorneys.
Who qualifies for assistance?
DOVE may be able to provide legal representation when you need to petition the court for a protective order.

Eligibility for services through the DOVE Project is based on two factors:

  • your financial situation shows you cannot afford legal counsel; and
  • the circumstances of your case fit the guidelines below.

You should ask for DOVE representation when you need protection from abuse and one or more of the following are true:

  • your children from the abusive relationship need a custody, visitation or child support order; or
  • you have a developmental disability, mental illness or some other issue that interferes with your ability to represent yourself; or
  • you are facing criminal charges or a civil suit as a result of the abuse; or
  • the defendant has an attorney.
How to apply for Assistance
To be represented by a volunteer DOVE attorney, you must contact a local New Hampshire domestic violence services agency. Call 1-866-644-3574 (available 24 hours) to find the agency in your area. When you apply for assistance through DOVE, domestic violence advocates will ask for details about your situation and finances. They need this information to see if you qualify for representation by a DOVE attorney.
The Agency Link
If you are eligible for a referral based upon DOVE guidelines, the domestic violence services agency will contact its panel of volunteer lawyers who have pledged to represent victims of abuse. DOVE Project lawyers are private lawyers from the community who donate their legal services through DOVE. If the advocate is able to find a lawyer, you will be given the volunteer attorney's name and telephone number to contact. You should do this as soon as possible to allow the maximum amount of time to prepare your case.
The Client's Role
It is important that your DOVE lawyer receives all the information that relates to the abuse as soon as possible. You can help to prepare your case by gathering the following information:
  • medical records of injuries resulting from the abuse as well as the name of the treating physician or hospital, if any;
  • police reports;
  • names, addresses and telephone numbers of witnesses to the abuse;
  • photographs of damages or injuries;
  • any contact the defendant has had with you (such as printed e-mail messages, letters, cards, answering machine messages, etc.) that refers to the violence or threatens you; and
  • estimates for repair costs of property the defendant has damaged in the course of the abuse.
Other Legal Matters
The DOVE Project handles only domestic violence cases brought under RSA 173-B. The DOVE Project does not handle divorces, child support, or parental rights and responsibilities. If you are low-income and need legal advice in these matters, call the Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC) at 1-800-639-5290 or speak to your crisis center about how to access additional legal and social services. They may refer your case to the Pro Bono Referral Program for placement with a volunteer attorney.
Printable DOVE Brochures
Attorney Volunteers Needed

The DOVE Project recruits attorneys to represent qualifying petitioners who are referred by domestic violence centers around the state. Interested attorneys join a panel in their community and they receive referrals on a rotating basis. Attorneys should expect to commit three to four hours to simpler cases and eight to twenty hours to more complex custody cases. Learn more.

Funding

Funding for this project is provided by a grant awarded by the Violence Against Women Grants Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Additional funding provided by the NH Bar Foundation's IOLTA Program.

Requesting Child Support Orders from the Court
This video presentation seeks to assist pro se litigants requesting child support orders within divorce, parenting rights or domestic violence restraining order cases.
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Webcast - 2013, Provided by the Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project of the NH Bar Association
Presented by: Cathy Shanelaris, Shanelaris and Schirch, PLLC, Nashua NH & Mary Krueger, NH Legal Assistance, Claremont NH

The presenters provide a "nuts and bolts" review of the court forms utilized to obtain child support orders.
  • Financial Affidavit
  • Child Support Guidelines Worksheet
  • Uniform Support Order

The video is a component to the Resource Handbook for Victims of Domestic Abuse, a compilation of resources for library patrons who are navigating the legal system in ongoing family law cases. This program is for informational use only and does not constitute legal advice. To review a copy of this handbook please visit your local library. If you are a victim of domestic abuse you may want to contact a local domestic and sexual violence crisis center at 1-866-644-3574 (24-hour service) for help. If you are in immediate danger you should dial 911 for emergency response.

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: Obtaining Protection in NH through RSA 173B
This video is designed to provide pro se litigants seeking civil protective orders in NH with instructions regarding the process.
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©2015, Provided by the Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project of the NH Bar Association.
Presenters: Don Hebert of Hebert & Dolder of Exeter and Elizabeth LaRochelle of Law Office of Katherine J. Morneau in Nashua.

The presenters cover:
  • What is a domestic violence restraining order?
  • Who can qualify for protection?
  • What is a qualifying relationship?
  • What constitutes abuse under the Statue?
  • How to file a petition

This video is a companion to Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: Obtaining Protection in New Hampshire Through RSA 173-B available at libraries around the state. To review a copy of this handbook please visit your local library.

This program is for informational use only and does not constitute legal advice. If you are a victim of domestic abuse you may want to contact a local domestic and sexual violence crisis center at 1-866-644-3574 for help. If you are in immediate danger you should dial 911 for emergency response.

Funding

Funding for these videos is provided by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Law Library Pro Hac Vice Fund. Additional funding is provided by the NH Bar Foundation's IOLTA Program. Points of view in these videos are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NH Law Library Pro Hac Vice Fund or the official position or policies of the IOLTA Grants Program.

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