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The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence inducts three new honorees into Hall of Fame

On November 15, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will host the fourth annual Coalition Hall of Fame Luncheon. The event will take place from 11:30am to 2:00pm at LaBelle Winery in Amherst.

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. The program will also include an introduction to the Coalition’s new Executive director Lyn Schollett.

This year’s Hall of Fame honorees include:

  • Earl Sweeney, Assistant Commissioner, the NH Department of Safety
  • State Senator Lou D'Allesandro
  • The Prevention Innovations Team from the University of New Hampshire

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online or by calling 224-8893.

You can read information on each of the inductees at the end of this press release.

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

2013 Coalition Hall of Fame Inductees

Senator Lou D’Allesandro

Having served the people of New Hampshire as a legislator and civic leader for nearly 4 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 this year’s 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.

Assistant Commissioner Earl Sweeney, New Hampshire Department of Safety

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

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 is a multidisciplinary center that includes faculty from the 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 or contact Lori Wright at

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