Domestic Violence

NH News
2:29 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

N.H. House OKs Bill To Increase Marriage License Fees For Domestic Violence Prevention

New Hampshire residents may have to pay five more dollars for marriage licenses after the House passed a bill Wednesday that would put the added revenue into domestic violence prevention programs across the state.

Currently residents pay $45 for a license, which hasn’t been increased in roughly 22 years.

Democrat Renny Cushing of Hampton says, despite the state making domestic violence a crime last year, New Hampshire ranks last in funding domestic violence prevention programs.

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NH News
6:52 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

N.H. Lawmakers Set To Tackle Dozens Of Bills This Week

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It will be a busy week at the New Hampshire State House with more than one hundred bills slated for votes by Friday. The bills range from decriminalizing up to a half an ounce of marijuana to tacking $5 onto marriage licenses to fund domestic violence prevention.

Nineteen other states, including the rest of New England, have adopted similar measures to make the possession of marijuana a violation rather than a crime. Should it pass the house, and decriminalization bills have before, it will face an uphill climb.

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NH News
7:11 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Competing N.H. Bills Would Increase, Eliminate Domestic Violence Funding

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New Hampshire lawmakers are considering competing bills to either increase or eliminate funding to help victims of domestic violence.

A marriage license currently costs $45, with $7 going to towns and cities and $38 to a domestic violence grant program.

The House Ways and Means Committee is holding a public hearing Monday on a bill that would increase the fee to $50 and send $43 to the grant program.

Meanwhile, the full House will be voting Wednesday on whether to send the $38 that now goes to the domestic violence program into in the general fund instead.

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North Country
7:13 am
Fri February 20, 2015

H.U.D. Settlement Spurs Berlin To Include Domestic Violence Exception In Eviction Ordinance

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The city of Berlin, New Hampshire, and the federal government have settled claims that the city violated the Fair Housing Act by requiring landlords to evict tenants cited several times for ``disorderly action,'' including domestic violence incidents.   The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the agreement is the result of a complaint it initiated accusing the city of discriminating against women.

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NH News
5:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Concerns Over Bill That Changes When Officers Can Make Warrantless Arrests

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A bill going before a House committee Thursday is raising concerns among law enforcement officials and advocates of domestic violence victims.

The bill would require officers to have "personal knowledge" that a crime has been committed to have probable cause to make an arrest without a warrant.

Amanda Grady Sexton with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence says the new wording would limit officers arriving from being able to intervene.

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Giving Matters
12:56 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Giving Matters: WISE Gives Aid To Victims Of Abuse

According to the NCADV, one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Betsy Kohl knows that statistic intimately; and with three daughters and four nieces, she also knows that one of them may be a victim of domestic or sexual violence. 

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Newscast
3:31 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Giffords To Visit Manchester YWCA To Discuss Gun Violence

Giffords in 2013 with her husband, Mark Kelly
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Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords is coming to New Hampshire to discuss protecting women from gun violence.

Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, has become a national advocate for gun reform and started the group Americans for Responsible Solutions.

On Wednesday in Concord, she'll join female legislators, law enforcement officers and the president of the Manchester YWCA, the site of a 2013 murder suicide.

The discussion will center on how to prevent domestic and gun violence through legislation.

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Giving Matters
12:12 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Giving Matters: Ending Abusive Relationships

The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives. While trying to overturn those numbers with its community-based violence prevention programs, Turning Points Network helps victims of domestic and sexual violence escape abusive relationships.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Spotlight On NFL Controversies

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With several players charged with domestic violence, including a shocking video showing the abuse, many are questioning the league’s culture and policies. We’re looking into how widespread the problem is and what it might take to address what some are calling a systemic issue.

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NH News
9:53 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ayotte, Shaheen Join Call For NFL To Have 'Zero Tolerance' For Domestic Violence

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New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are among 16 female, bipartisan Senators who are urging the commissioner of the NFL to take a zero-tolerance stance toward domestic violence.

Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen signed the letter sent to Commissioner Roger Goodell, responding to the recent controversy over former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

In the letter, the Senators raise concerns about whether NFL officials knew the severity of Rice’s assault against his then-fiancée Janay Palmer.

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Politics
10:17 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Hassan Signs Bills On Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is holding a bill-signing ceremony to formalize laws on domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual abuse prevention.

Hassan is signing bills establishing a crime of domestic violence in the state and protecting household animals from violence.

She's also signing bills relative to grounds for termination of parental rights; on a commission to study sexual abuse prevention education in elementary and secondary schools; and on protecting juveniles from being prosecuted for being forced to perform illegal acts.

 

NH News
4:37 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

N.H. Legislature Passes Domestic Violence Protection For Pets

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New Hampshire lawmakers have passed legislation that includes household pets in orders designed to protect victims of domestic violence.

Wednesday's vote sent the bill to the governor. It expands the orders to include pets in cases involving stalking and domestic violence. The bill would allow judges to grant custody of any domestic pets or farm animals to the victim and issue an order barring the abuser from harming or disposing of the animal.

Supporters argue abusers sometimes take their anger out on a pet or attempt to intimidate victims by targeting a pet.

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Giving Matters
3:07 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Turning Points Network Helping To End Abusive Relationships

The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men in the United States are victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. While trying to overturn those numbers with its community-based violence prevention programs, Turning Points Network helps victims of domestic and sexual violence escape abusive relationships.

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NH News
7:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

N.H. Senate Passes Bill To Include Pets In Domestic Violence Orders

The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill to include household pets in orders protecting victims of domestic violence. 

The bill expands the orders to include pets in cases involving stalking and domestic violence. The bill would allow judges to grant custody of any domestic pets or farm animals to the victim and issue an order barring the abuser from harming or disposing of the animal. 

The bill passed Thursday on a voice vote without debate. It now goes to the House for review. 

NH News
11:31 am
Tue May 6, 2014

As Manchester Visitation Program Ends, Families May End Up On Wait Lists

The vigil outside the Manchester YWCA in August, days after murder-suicide carried out by Muni Savyon on Aug. 11. Savyon killed his 9-year-old Joshua during a supervised visit, then killed himself.
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The Manchester YWCA is ending its supervised visitation program, as of this weekend.

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NH News
12:48 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Domestic Violence Bill To Become Law After Passage In The House

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A bill that would make domestic violence a specific crime in New Hampshire is on its way to becoming law, after the House overwhelmingly passed it Wednesday.

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NH News
6:49 am
Mon March 17, 2014

N.H. House To Vote On Domestic Violence Protection For Pets

Household pets could be protected in court orders protecting victims of domestic violence under a bill before the New Hampshire House.

The House is scheduled to vote this week on a bill aimed at protecting pets from harm in cases involving stalking and domestic violence. The bill would allow the court to grant custody of the pet to the victim and issue an order barring the abuser from harming or disposing of the animal.

Supporters argue abusers sometimes take their anger out on a pet or attempt to intimidate victims by targeting a pet.

NH News
2:55 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Housing Discrimination Bill Narrowly Passes House

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This week, the New Hampshire House narrowly passed a bill that would prohibit landlords from discriminating against renters with Section 8 vouchers and victims of domestic violence.

After the House initially tabled the bill last week, lawmakers amended it to more tightly define victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. They now must have a current, final protective order.

The bill goes to the Senate next where it faces a tougher debate. 

NH News
11:47 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Senate Passes Domestic Violence Bill

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The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would establish a separate crime of domestic violence.

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NH News
3:58 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Plan to Create Crime Of Domestic Violence Wins Strong Backing

This bill wouldn’t change any existing laws but would groups them together in  new section of the criminal statutes.

According to backers like, Earl Sweeney, the state’s Assistant Safety Commissioner, such a re-codification could save lives.

“This is very important bill. The majority of murders that occur in the state every year are the result of a domestic violence situation, many times something that’s been festering for many many years.”

NH is one of just 15 states without that doesn’t consider domestic violence a specific crime.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

On The Political Front For January 13

This week, the legislature returns and hears new bills. Up before the Senate judiciary committee are a proposal to establish domestic violence as a separate crime and one requiring certain persons with mental illness to be barred from owning guns and placed on a federal registry. On Thursday, the House holds its first hearing on a bill to repeal the death penalty.

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NH News
4:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Report: Man Who Shot Son At Manchester YWCA Was Not Searched

The vigil outside the Manchester YWCA days after murder-suicide carried out by Muni Savyon on Aug. 11. Savyon killed his 9-year-old Joshua during a supervised visit, then killed himself.
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The man who killed his 9-year-old son and then himself during a supervised visit at the Manchester YWCA in August was not searched before entering the building.

The state Attorney General’s office released its final report on the incident on Thursday.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin says investigators interviewed employees who were working at the YWCA the day Muni Savyon killed his son Joshua.

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NH News
10:13 am
Mon August 5, 2013

N.H. Domestic Violence Services Struggle After State, Federal Cuts

Domestic violence programs in New Hampshire are turning away some of the people coming to them for help each year.  This follows a series of state and federal budget cuts.  

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Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Wed April 17, 2013

The Reality Of Domestic Violence in New Hampshire

The Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire marks its 35th anniversary with an event tonight at Red River Theatres in Concord. On the program is a screening of The Invisible War, the Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual assault in the military that is now being used to educate members of the Armed Forces.  We spoke on this program to the film’s director about how sexual violence is tolerated – even expected in the military culture – and how rarely such offenses are prosecuted.  But the reality is that those experiences are not unique to the military… in a new study to be released by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence, the similarities between what happens here and in the military are made evident.  It is a sobering reminder that domestic and sexual violence crimes are an all too common occurrence, even in New Hampshire. joining us today to discuss their roles in educating the public about domestic violence are two women who are on the front lines.

Health
4:24 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Impasse in Washington Has N.H. Domestic Violence Advocates Worried

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Supporters of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) like to point out that since its passage in 1994, incidents of domestic violence are down by more than 50% nationwide.

But they also say this isn’t about stats, this is about people like Carrie Ann, who requested that her last name not be used.

"The abuse that I encountered was physical, mental, and sexual," she says. "It was constant, day-in-day out. By the end, I was virtually a prisoner. I wasn’t allowed to control my own finances. I couldn’t leave without fear that something truly horrific was going to happen."

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Word of Mouth
9:28 am
Mon November 19, 2012

A Different Sort of Fallout

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It’s been weeks since Superstorm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey. Still, thousands remain displaced or without power. Touring damaged areas of New York City last week, President Obama said one thing of the ongoing recovery that’s hard to dispute: “It’s not going to be easy.”

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NH News
2:05 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

State Attorney General Releases Domestic Violence Report

The State Attorney General released new data today on domestic violence-related deaths. 

From 2001 through 2010, 79 people in New Hampshire died as a result of domestic violence. Two-thirds of the victims were women.

And the data shows a disproportionate share of the deaths were in rural counties, including Sullivan, which had the state’s highest rate.

Attorney General Michael Delaney says that while New Hampshire remains a safe state, domestic violence is occurring at an unacceptably high rate.

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Word of Mouth
7:17 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Crazy Love

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Pop singer Rihanna made news recently when she confessed to Oprah Winfrey her sympathy for ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who beat her up on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009. Rihanna’s tears for her abuser had many domestic violence advocates up in arms, and many of the rest of us scratching our heads. Here to give her take on the complex and often baffling emotional life of domestic abuse victims is Leslie Morgan Steiner.

Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat February 4, 2012

New Hampshire Bar Association DOVE Program

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Since 1992, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Emergency Project has provided free legal services to low-income victims of domestic violence. Scott O’Connell is an attorney from Manchester who drives to a crisis center in Berlin once a month to volunteer his services, working there with local advocates. Donna Cummings is the director of the crisis center where O’Connell volunteers.

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