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.

Dove is operated in partnership with domestic violence service agencies throughout NH and relies on the donated services of specially trained attorneys.

The DOVE Project provides free legal representation to qualifying clients at final Domestic Violence  and Stalking Restraining Order hearings.

To be represented by a volunteer DOVE attorney, you must contact a local New Hampshire domestic violence service agency. Call 1-866-644-3574, available 24 hours a day to be connected with a domestic violence or stalking advocate.

The DOVE Project is part of the NH Bar Pro Bono Referral Service, a 501(3)(c) agency. Although our attorneys are volunteers, our staff is not. Learn how you can support DOVE.

VIDEO: 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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©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.

Funding for this video 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 this video 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.

VIDEO: 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 for this video 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 this video 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.

Who Qualifies for Assistance from DOVE?

To qualify for DOVE representation you must be referred through a NH domestic violence service agency. They will ask you about your financial state and the circumstances of your situation. They need this information to see if you qualify for representation by a DOVE attorney.

Financial Qualification

The DOVE Project is grant-funded and serves the legal needs of income eligible people. Your advocate can assist you in determining if you are income eligible.

In some situations, the domestic violence advocates may refer you to New Hampshire Legal Assistance, a non-profit legal services organization serving low-income and elderly citizens of New Hampshire.

Circumstances of Your Case

DOVE resources are limited. An advocate will work with you and may link you with an attorney if one is available.

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

Find a crisis center.

Further Information

The Client's Role

It is important that your DOVE lawyer receives all information that relates to the abuse as soon as possible. You can help 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 of 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) 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.
Legal Matters Covered by DOVE

The DOVE Project handles only domestic violence cases brought under RSA 173-B and stalking cases brought under RSA 633:3-a. Representation is limited in scope to proceedings under these laws. In addition to protective relief, you may be able to obtain other types of relief, such as temporary custody, child support, or residential rights..

If you are low-income and need legal advice in family law matters, call the Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC) at 1-800-639-5290. They may refer your case to the Pro Bono Referral Program for placement with a volunteer attorney, if you need representation in court.

Sources of Assistance

There are 13 domestic violence agencies in NH which will assist you if you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are available regardless of your race, gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, or physical ability. For help and information call 1-866-644-3574 (available 24 hours) or 1-800-RELAY NH.

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.