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Coalition Receives $30,000 Grant from the Women's Fund of New Hampshire

Read the Open Doors to Safety blog to find out more about the project and trauma informed services.



Funding supports victims with mental health and substance abuse issues

June 3, 2014,

(Concord, NH)  The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is pleased to announce that the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire has awarded a $30,000 grant to help fund the Coalition’s Open Doors to Safety Program (ODSP) over the next three years. This Trauma-Informed Services Program provides training to the Coalition statewide domestic violence member programs to help increase their accessibility to victims of domestic violence who have substance abuse and/or mental health issues.

In the face of funding cuts and reductions in community resources, crisis centers have seen huge increases in the need to support victims with mental health and substance abuse issues. The ability of advocates to address the underlying trauma that can result in these kinds of problems better equips victims to find the resources they need to obtain long term safety and emotional health. “Over the last four years the ODSP has greatly improved victim services, creating positive outcomes for many who had previously struggled to break free from their abusers. This generous grant allows us to keep offering this project to our member programs, ensuring that advocates continue to gain expertise on trauma and support the work they do with all victims,” said Lyn Schollett, Executive Director of the Coalition.

The Coalition is grateful to the Women’s Fund for their ongoing support of many of our initiatives throughout the years. Critical funding from their organization has helped the Coalition increase our ability to provide technical assistance to our network of member programs across New Hampshire, which is vital to providing the best support possible to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

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The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) is a statewide network committed to ending sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking. The NHCADSV and its 14 member programs do not discriminate based on gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental, or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation. Online at

The mission of the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire is to encourage philanthropy among and for women and girls; to improve the lives of women and girls through research, advocacy, and social change grant making; and to educate the community about the potential of women and girls. You can learn more by visiting   


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