If you have experienced domestic violence...
you are not alone. Nearly 10,000 people in New Hampshire seek and receive help for domestic violence every year; thousands more do so for sexual assaults.
If you feel your life is in danger contact the police immediately, call 9-1-1.
You should also contact the domestic violence crisis center in your area. For the nearest office, call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline (1-866-644-3574) at the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. For their 24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline, call 1-800-277-5570.
The Bridges program provides crisis intervention, emergency shelter, court advocacy, support groups, education, outreach, and more. Call the Bridges 24-hour support line:
603-883-3044. Bridges accepts collect calls. Interpreters are available in 140 languages through the Language Line.
The crisis center or Bridges may refer you to the Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project of the New Hampshire Bar Association, for free legal representation in court to obtain a protective order - legal protection from an abuser. Call DOVE at 1-866-644-3574.
Or, complete an online application for legal services from LARC, or call LARC at 800-639-5290.
New Hampshire's Domestic Violence Statute, protects people from what it defines as domestic abuse:
Is Your Subsidized or Public Housing Threatened Because of Domestic Violence?
Watch below to learn how to preserve your subsidized housing in cases of domestic violence through the protections of the Violence Against Women Act.
If English is your second language or you don’t speak any English, you have a right to request an interpreter to assist you with the police and in any court proceedings. Make sure to let the police and/or the court know that you need an interpreter to help you.