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Bar News - July 20, 2016

NHBA Pro Bono Program Receives Federal Funds to Help Victims

The Pro Bono Referral Program at the NH Bar Association will receive $205,260 over the next three years to strengthen its nationally recognized efforts to help victims of domestic violence and to establish for the first time a panel of volunteer attorneys available to assist victims of non-intimate partner stalking.

The funding represents a portion of the $1.1 million in federal funds that has been awarded to New Hampshire legal aid agencies through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crime Victims’ Fund.

The Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project, part of the NH Bar’s Pro Bono Referral Program, was established in 1992 to coordinate the efforts of volunteer attorneys with the work of local crisis shelters. DOVE, which has been recognized by the American Bar Association as a national best practice, will use the federal funds to bolster volunteer recruitment and add a part-time staff attorney to coordinate with other legal aid agencies and enhance onsite services at crisis shelters.

The Pro Bono Referral Program also plans to establish, recruit and train a panel of volunteer attorneys who can assist victims of stalking that is not perpetrated by an intimate partner. The effort will involve public outreach, building connections with local police departments and building capacity among the private bar in New Hampshire to handle such cases.

“This is going to be the first and only legal services project in New Hampshire to assist non-intimate partner stalking victims in getting protective orders,” said Ginny Martin, director of legal services at the NH Bar Association.

Learn about the Pro Bono Referral Program and the DOVE Project.

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