Violence in  a Relationship is Never Justified

Five Members inducted into the Coalition Hall of Fame

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen among those inducted

On November 8, 2012 the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence hosted the third annual Hall of Fame Luncheon at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Bedford. This annual event celebrates the work of individuals that 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.

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen was the keynote speaker for the event, as well as one of the inductees. The Coalition honored the Senator for her longtime advocacy for the rights of victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence both as Governor and Senator.

Other inductees included:

  • State Representative Julie Brown – a trusted advocate for children in the House of Representatives for the past 24 years.
  • Pamela Dodge - 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.
  • Debra Hastings – The co-founder of New Beginnings in Laconia, and Director of Continuing Nursing Education at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
  • John Tobin – The Executive Director of New Hampshire Legal Assistance.

You can read more extensive bio information on each of the inductees at the end of this press release. Pictures of the event were taken by Lisa Rogers photography and are available for publication. To view a photo featuring all of the inductees click here or view the entire album by clicking here.

For more information please contact: Maureen McDonald
603-224-8893 extension 311,

2012 Coalition Hall of Fame Inductees

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

U.S. 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 July 1999 to reduce homicides through systemic multidisciplinary review of domestic violence fatalities in New Hampshire. In 1997 she announced New Hampshire’s commitment to a major initiative designed to improve the way our health care system responds to domestic violence.  New Hampshire was one of only 10 states chosen to work on this national health initiative that provided an opportunity for the creation of an education and training program. In 2000, she launched the Corporate Citizens Initiative to help 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. This past year 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.

State Representative Julie Brown

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

Pam joined the staff of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program in 1998. She soon became the coordinator of the Domestic Violence Emergency Project better known as the DOVE program, which helps victims free themselves from abusive relationships through the efforts of volunteer attorneys. The court system and the use of restraining orders plays a critical role in providing safety for survivors. That is why the DOVE program is so critical. Pam is instrumental in getting survivors the representation they need, she works constantly with the crisis centers to provide these resources. This model of collaboration with the member programs of the Coalition was celebrated nationally in 2001 by the American Bar Association.  In 2010, Pam was selected to serve on the ABA Steering Committee to Develop Best Practices for Attorneys in Pro se Delivery of Civil Protection Orders. Recently, she has reached out to other partners including the UNH School of Law, and the Strafford County Family Justice Center, and she helped obtain federal stimulus funds to support an innovative project, North Country Outreach, that uses technology such as Skype to match attorneys from the southern part of the state with underserved clients in northern counties.  One crisis center director from the North Country had this to say about Pam – “If Pam/The DOVE program was not there, and we didn’t have her dedication to victim services and needs, our clients would not have access to the legal help they so desperately need and deserve.”

Debra Hastings, PhD, RN-BC, CNOR,

Debra Hastings has helped impact change in her community, statewide, and national level for more than 25 years.  As a co-founder of New Beginnings in Belknap County she served on the front lines taking crisis calls, training volunteers and using her own home as a safe house. Two decades later she remains an active part of the organization. On the state and national level Deb has made an incredible impact in educating the medical community.  She is the Director of Continuing Nursing Education at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Her 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. She has authored several articles in national publications on the relationships between domestic violence and health care. She has been a part of a NH 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.

John Tobin

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.



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