Bar News - December 17, 2010
DOVE North Country Outreach Receives Award for Innovation
The North Country Outreach Pilot Program, a project of the Pro Bono Referral Programís Domestic Violence Emergency Project (DOVE), was recently honored by Starting Point Crisis Center of Carroll County as an innovative program that serves domestic violence victims in the rural northern regions of the state.
Suzette Indelicato, executive director of the Starting Point Crisis Center of Carroll County, with 2010 Bridge Builder Award recipient Don Hebert. Attorneys Dawn DiManna, Scott OíConnell, James Shepard, Sally Struble, and Jacquelyn Walker also received awards.
The North Country Outreach Pilot Program began in 2009 after the DOVE Project received a one-time Violence Against Women Act stimulus grant. The grant lapsed in August 2010, but the program received a new grant from The Womenís Fund New Hampshire and a Pro Hac Vice grant administered by the NH Supreme Court. DOVE also received a small increase in funding through the NH Department of Justice VAWA STOP grant.
The program was created especially for residents of Coos, Carroll, and Grafton counties to address the lack of legal help normally associated with that region. Volunteer attorneys from other counties agree to provide unbundled legal services for clients seeking retraining orders. The program provides clients with in-depth telephone consultations as well as in-person consultations at any of the four crisis centers in the three counties.
To date, the program has linked more than 40 victims of domestic abuse with attorneys.
"Iíve never seen our advocates and clients with such a hopeful attitude," said a director of one of the cooperating crisis centers. "Thanks so much for all youíve done to bring this project to fruition."