The Coalition Hall of Fame
Over the years the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence has worked with many community partners from different disciplines who helped shape the Coalition into the organization it is today. The Coalition’s Board of Directors is proud to recognize the work of these special individuals by creating the Coalition Hall of Fame. This group of inductees have worked tirelessly on behalf of victims. They have a passion for ending domestic and sexual violence and stalking and have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make New Hampshire a safer state. The Coalition is honored to work with all of them.
2014 Coalition Hall of Fame Inductees
Senator Donna Soucy
Serving in her first term representing District 18 as a member of the Judiciary committee, Senator Donna Soucy has become a champion for victims' protections in her sponsorship of Joshua's Law, which made domestic violence a specific crime in New Hampshire, distinguishing it from other assaults. This year, Senator Soucy sponsored Senate Bill 317 which dramatically strengthened New Hampshire’s human trafficking law. SB 317 protects victims, while ensuring that traffickers never find a safe haven in New Hampshire. Senator Soucy was also the co-sponsor of SB 253, which will protect rape victims who become pregnant as a result of their sexual assault, and their children, from further abuse from their rapist, and SB 390, which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees who are victims of domestic violence. Throughout her career as a lawyer in the public and private sector, three terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, two terms as an Alderman representing Ward 6 in Manchester, a member of the Board of School Committee, the first female chair of the Manchester Fire Commission, and the Senate Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2010, Senator Soucy has dedicated her life to making New Hampshire a safer place for everyone.
Deputy Attorney General Ann Rice
Ann Rice, JD, is the Deputy Attorney General of New Hampshire and has been with the Attorney General’s Office for 24 years, serving over the course of her career there as a homicide prosecutor, Chief of the Criminal Appellate Unit, and Director of the Division of Public Protection. In addition she served for six years as a Commissioner for the New Hampshire Victims’ Compensation Commission which helps innocent victims of violent crime with expenses directly related to crime injuries. As a homicide prosecutor, she worked closely to support the family members of victims, many of whom were lost to abuse. Deputy Rice has testified on numerous pieces of legislation pertaining to domestic and sexual violence and child abuse and her policy work has helped New Hampshire remain at the forefront of progressive victims’ protection laws. During this year’s legislative session, she worked to draft Joshua’s Law, which makes domestic violence a crime, and her testimony was key to its passage. Deputy Rice's commitment to victims' rights has earned her the respect of her colleagues, legislators, and key stakeholders.
Grafton County Attorney Lara Saffo
Lara Saffo, JD, is committed to treating survivors with the utmost dignity and respect. She pursues justice for victims, even in the most difficult of cases, and always focuses on the best interests of survivors. From 2002 until she became County Attorney in 2009, she was the Violence Against Women Act prosecutor at the Office of the Grafton County Attorney. Though she has prosecuted hundreds of cases involving all types of crimes, she has specialized in sexual assault and domestic violence. She has testified on several key victim protection bills, including the successful 2010 effort to make strangulation a felony. Currently, she is working to expand Sexual Assault Resource Teams in Grafton County, and she serves as an advisory board member for the Grafton and Sullivan County Child Advocacy Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She serves on the NH Attorney General’s Commission to Combat Human Trafficking, and is a member of the protocol review committees for both the Adult Sexual Assault Protocols and Human Trafficking Protocols.
2013 Coalition Hall of Fame Inductees
Having served the people of New Hampshire as a legislator and civic leader for nearly four decades, Sen. D'Allesandro has become one of the strongest advocates for victims of domestic and sexual violence in the State Senate. In 2008, he was the prime sponsor of a bill that increased the statute of limitations in childhood sexual assault cases. Before the passage of this bill victims only had up until the age of 25 to file a civil suit against their abuser. Through his leadership, the statute of limitations was extended by 5 years, making it so that victims of childhood sexual assault have until the age of 30 to file a civil suit. Most recently, he was the primary leader in the Senate to restore domestic violence funding during the 2013 budget process. Through Sen. D'Allesandro's perseverance and dedication to restoring domestic violence funding and his support of policy efforts that impact victims he has proven to be a true champion to survivors in New Hampshire.
Throughout his career, Assistant Commissioner Sweeney has been a strong leader in the field of domestic and sexual violence and has worked closely with the Coalition to ensure that protections are in place for victims of crime. He has worked to pass vital legislation such as requiring DNA testing of all persons convicted of a felony, designating the act of strangulation as a felony level offense, and advocating to keep victims safe through the NH Gun Line Program. In 2008, Asst. Commissioner Sweeney helped advocate for the passage of NH's version of the federal Adam Walsh Act, an act to protect children from sexual exploitation and violent crime, to prevent child abuse and child pornography, to promote internet safety, and to honor the memory of Adam Walsh and other child crime victims. Throughout his career as a Police Chief for the Town of Belmont, Assistant to the Director of Motor Vehicles, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Safety, and as Director of the Police Standards and Training Council, Assistant Commissioner Sweeney has dedicated his life to making New Hampshire a safer place to live.
UNH Prevention Innovations is a research and training unit that develops, implements, and evaluates cutting-edge programs, policies, and practices that will end violence against women on campus. It's a multidisciplinary center that includes faculty from sociology and psychology departments as well as representatives from the UNH Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, and Women's Studies Program. The center's clients include colleges, universities, local governmental agencies and not-for-profit organizations. The Prevention Innovations 'Bringing in the Bystander ® Campaign' has been nationally recognized for its effectiveness in reducing sexual assault on college campuses and their Campus-wide Know Your Power ® Campaign raises awareness about campus sexual assault and gives students prevention tools they can use to stop it. Through Prevention Innovations efforts and research, the Coalition was able to publish New Hampshire's first ever Violence Against Women and Men Reports as well as reports on the prevalence and prosecution of sexual assault in New Hampshire. Their efforts have also supported several Coalition projects to increase crisis centers' capacity to help children exposed to domestic violence and survivors suffering from trauma, mental health, and substance abuse issues. For more information about Prevention Innovations, visit http://cola.unh.edu/prevention-innovations or contact Lori Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 Coalition Hall of Fame Inductees
Senator Jeanne Shaheen has been a longtime advocate for the rights of victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As Governor she created the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee in to reduce domestic violence related homicides. She also helped to launch two landmark initiatives, one that improved the healthcare system's response to domestic violence and another that helped businesses recognize the signs of domestic violence and offer meaningful support to employees who are experiencing it. As a U.S. Senator she has remained a champion for survivors and became a leading voice on women’s health and family issues in America and around the globe. In 2012 she made it her mission to urge her colleagues to support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with full protective provisions in place. During this time she visited crisis centers throughout New Hampshire to hear firsthand from survivors and advocates on the impact of the critical programs supported by VAWA funds. She took those stories back to Washington and shared them on the Senate floor. Senator Shaheen is the only woman in U.S. history to be elected both Governor and United States Senator.
New Hampshire State Representative Julie Brown of Rochester is a trusted and respected leader in this state, having served in the New Hampshire legislature for 24 years. She has fought and been a voice for New Hampshire’s most vulnerable population – our children. In doing so, she has served on the House Children and Family Law Committee for the entire time she has served in the legislature, working to ensure that children living in the Granite State are safe and free from harm. In particular, she has worked on issues relative to child support, child abuse and neglect, and the sexual abuse of children. She is known to speak up and refuses to let people push their agendas or opinions on her. On any issue the Coalition has brought before her, Representative Brown’s decisions always reflect what is in the best interest of the child.
Pamela Dodge is the Coordinator of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program's Domestic Violence Emergency Project (DOVE), which helps victims free themselves from abusive relationships through the efforts of volunteer attorneys. Pam’s experience in the field and her readiness to develop productive partnerships has benefited New Hampshire and has been recognized nationwide. DOVE’s model of collaboration with local shelters was celebrated nationally in 2001 by the ABA. In 2010, Dodge was selected to serve on the ABA Steering Committee to Develop Best Practices for Attorneys in Pro se Delivery of Civil Protection Orders. Pam's dedication to providing help to victims unable to afford legal representation has made a difference to countless New Hampshire survivors.
Dr. Hastings has worked for more than 25 years to end domestic and sexual violence. She is currently the Director of Continuing Nursing Education at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. She serves on the State of New Hampshire Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee and on the Board of Directors of New Beginnings. In 1990 she co-founded New Beginnings where she was on the front lines taking crisis calls, training volunteers and using her own home as a safe house. Deb has served on the New Hampshire State Leadership Team for the National Healthcare Initiative on Domestic Violence, the National Futures Without Violence Health Care Initiative, the Violence Against Women State Plan Advisory Board and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program Advisory Board. Deb’s work to improve health care responses to domestic and sexual violence has helped create a gold standard of universal screening at every point of entry into the health care system.
John Tobin is the Executive Director of New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) which provides legal aid to low-income and elderly people in individual civil cases and on systemic and policy issues. John has collaborated with the Coalition for more than a decade to provide legal services to victims. When Legal Assistance to Victims (LAV) grants were first funded under the Violence Against Women Act, John joined with the Coalition and other civil legal services providers to create a collaborative project to provide representation for battered women in custody cases. In addition, John has helped coordinate efforts with the DOVE Program with NHLA services, to ensure the best use of resources. John recognizes the strong connection between poverty and lack of access to resources and the continued victimization of women. His work on behalf of low income families in New Hampshire has had a direct effect on the ability of battered women to create safer lives for themselves and their children.
2011 Coalition Hall of Fame Inductees
Dr. Hampton has been working with batterers, sex offenders, victims, and child witnesses for over 20 years. Currently, he is the Director of Ending The Violence, a Dover-based organization that provides educational classes to perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence. He eagerly seeks out opportunities to consult with other community leaders as he serves on several committees including the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Dr. Hampton has assisted the Coalition with ongoing efforts to ensure that New Hampshire’s family law statutes maintain the "best interests of the child" standard. He has worked for over a decade to ensure that this state’s domestic violence and sexual assault laws are some of the strongest in the nation. Scott is often requested to appear before legislative committees to share his unique perspective as a treatment provider.
Chief Russell spent 37 years in law enforcement before retiring in 2009 as the Chief of Police in Henniker. He remains extremely active in the community, conducting trainings for law enforcement at the New Hampshire Police Academy and in coordination with the Attorney General’s Office. He is the Coordinator of the New Hampshire Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program and also serves as an Instructor for the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Emergency Project (DOVE). Chief Russell has been a longtime supporter of the Coalition’s public policy work. He was one of the key players who crafted and revised New Hampshire’s current domestic violence. He has also been instrumental in working with the New Hampshire Legislature to ensure that all attempts to weaken this statute are defeated.
Sgt. Rockey has been with the New Hampshire State Police since 1994. She is a Sergeant with the Major Crimes Unit, and is in charge ofthe Family Services and Missing Person Units. Sergeant Rockey has extensive experience in the investigation of domestic and sexual assault cases, child abuse and neglect and homicide. She is on the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Advisory Board, and serves on several committees of the Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence including the Research Committee, the Sexual Assault and the Media Committee, and the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. Sergeant Rockey was the lead author of New Hampshire's Child Protection and Safety Act - an omnibus bill that revised our sexual offender registry laws and strengthened our sexual assault and child protection statutes. Sgt Rockey is seen as the legislature's "go to" law enforcement officer on all issues related to sexual offender and child protection legislation.
2010 Coalition Hall of Fame Inductees
Former State Representative Dan Eaton has distinguished himself as a leader on all issues relative to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. As a former law enforcement official, Dan has seen firsthand the positive impact that Coalition member programs have had on the lives of victims of abuse, and the benefit of collaborations between law enforcement and crisis centers. As a result, Eaton has become a strong advocate on policy issues that positively influence the lives of victims of crime, and has helped to deter all recent attempts to weaken New Hampshire’s domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking laws by working to educate his peers on these issues. During his time in the state legislature Eaton worked to protect state funding for crisis centers.
John King is a retired business professional who has privately supported the movement to end violence against women for years. He approached the Coalition several years ago about becoming a donor and has since made contributions that have greatly impacted this organization. In addition, he has become involved on the Board of Directors for Bridges: Domestic and Sexual Violence located in Nashua, a member program of the Coalition. Prior to his retirement in 2005, John volunteered for Transition House in Cambridge, Massachusetts. John was personally affected by domestic violence in his family as a child, and knows firsthand how difficult this can be. He has made a major personal commitment to helping battered women in this region. In his own quiet way he has made an impact everywhere that he goes.
Since the beginning of the movement, Sandra Matheson has been at the forefront of the work to end violence against women. She began her career in 1973 as a police officer in Massachusetts. In 1984, she became the Program Director for Rape and Assault Support Services in Nashua, now known as Bridges. In 1987, she became the first Director of the State Office of Victim/Witness Assistance where she remains today. Her contributions to the movement have been invaluable. She founded the NH Domestic Violence, Child Fatality and Elder and Incapacitated Adult Fatality Review Committees, and is currently Co-Chair of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. She serves as Chair of the Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, the NH Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Advisory Board, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Protocol Projects, the Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Conference Committee, and is a partner of the New Hampshire AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She has been recognized nationally for her work on Victim’s Rights Legislation. Her office also oversees the Attorney General’s Annual Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect and the Attorney General’s Conference on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, which have trained thousands of professionals in NH over the years.
A longtime advocate for victims of domestic violence, Nixon has served as a DOVE attorney, representing pro bono, abused women and children for nearly 15 years. He has accepted scores of referrals, serving hundreds of survivors and their loved ones. Since 2000 alone, Attorney Nixon has worked on 72 DOVE cases in NH. In the late 1990’s he helped fund and develop a marketing concept for DOVE recruitment, which was known as the “DOVE wants You!” ad campaign. This campaign featured prominent attorneys posing in an "Uncle Sam" costume asking fellow members of the NH Bar to volunteer their time to the DOVE Project. Most recently he was involved in a Supreme Court Case (Hemenway vs. Hemenway), which turned out to be a significant victory for domestic violence law in New Hampshire. Nixon has been in state politics since 1969, serving in both the House and the Senate. During that time he has been involved with legislation that has greatly improved the lives of victims.
Since being elected to the House of Representatives, Representative Shurtleff has become a champion for victims of crime. Shurtleff has taken the lead on a number of Coalition priority bills, including an omnibus bill that worked to bring New Hampshire into compliance with the Federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. This bill marked an important step forward in New Hampshire's efforts to protect victims of sexual abuse by strengthening state laws pertaining to our sex offender registry and our sexual assault and child pornography laws, enabling law enforcement officers and prosecutors to hold offenders who prey on children accountable. In addition, Shurtleff took the lead on bills to designate the act of non-lethal strangulation as a felony level offense and to allow NH to take DNA samples from all convicted felons, including all sexual offenders against children. He has also advocated for the passage of NH’s human trafficking law, and recent laws to strengthen NH’s domestic violence statute.
Terry Sturke has been involved in promoting community solutions to domestic and sexual violence for 30 years. She has been a volunteer with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence for almost our entire history. Though she has never been a paid staff member, as a volunteer she has played a vital role in shaping the foundation of this organization. Terry has selflessly devoted her time and energy to Coalition projects and to promoting a vision of community accountability for ending domestic and sexual violence and stalking. Terry has been with the Coalition through every major transition, as a Board member, a volunteer and a supporter. While serving on the Board of Directors, Terry routinely challenged other Board members to contribute financially to the organization. As a volunteer, Terry has contributed to numerous programs and projects. Terry has also helped the Coalition plan strategically, engaging in multiple planning efforts, and then helping to implement the plans.