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Laconia Daily Sun December 10, 2021
“Crisis line volunteers are a lifeline throughout New Hampshire," said Lyn Schollett, executive director of NHCADSV. Their value can’t be overstated.
“Everyone usually knows someone who’s gone through domestic abuse,” Foster said. “We’re often the first person that someone talks to about their situation. If they’re getting support, encouragement and resources, their outcome can look very different.”
The statistics on domestic and sexual abuse are sobering. According to data from NHCADSV, one in four men nationally report being assaulted by an intimate partner. In New Hampshire 33.4% of women have experienced violence from an intimate partner. Abuse can take the form of physical or sexual violence, psychological, emotional or verbal abuse, isolation or financial mistreatment or control.
U.S. News & World Report/AP December 10, 2021
A task force created to review domestic violence cases in New Hampshire's court system has to report its conclusions and recommendations to the state's supreme court by March 1, 2022.
It was formed as the judicial branch reviewed the case of a woman who was shot, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend, a month after a judge denied her request for a permanent protective order.
The task force is being led by state Supreme Court Associate Justice Anna Barbara Hantz and include representatives from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, law enforcement, prosecutors, defense counsel, and others.
NHPR November 30, 2021
The Nov. 15 shooting, which the plaintiff survived, raised concerns from some domestic violence advocates that the court had erred when it rejected the petition.
“No one can dispute that the victim, in this case, was in extreme danger, and the system failed her when she courageously looked to the courts for help,” N.H. Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence executive director Lyn Schollett wrote in a statement.
“This review affirms that the courts are not using the very plain language of the statute to make common-sense decisions in protective order cases,” and that judges are relying on a “fundamental misunderstanding of domestic violence.”
In a written affidavit and during an in-person hearing on Oct. 20, the plaintiff, who was not represented by an attorney, outlined a series of threats made by Lorman, as well as descriptions of sexual violence and a photograph of bruises caused by him in 2016
Union Leader November 30, 2021
Schollett, who was named to a court system task force to further review domestic violence cases, said the findings of the Lorman review affirm that judges aren't using the plain language of written laws to make common-sense decisions in protective-order cases.
"Instead, judges in New Hampshire have essentially re-written the law and added requirements for victims to get relief that go far beyond what the legislature intended – requirements that show a fundamental misunderstanding of domestic violence," she said.
Judge’s decision to deny protective order was “reasonable application” of law, internal review committee says
Concord Monitor November 30,2021
“No one can dispute that the victim in this case was in extreme danger, and the system failed her when she courageously looked to the courts for help,” said Lyn Schollett, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. “This review affirms that the courts are not using the very plain language of the statute to make common sense decisions in protective order cases. Instead, judges in New Hampshire have essentially re-written the law and added requirements for victims to get relief that go far beyond what the legislature intended — requirements that show a fundamental misunderstanding of domestic violence.”
WMUR November 30, 2021
"I think the report shows that the Legislature intended restraining orders as a remedy to be available to victims who go to court on their own, and what has happened over decades is that the courts have, in essence, rewritten the law and have added many more requirements that make it much for difficult for victims to access this remedy," said Lyn Schollett, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
NHPR/ The Trace November 26, 2021
Amanda Grady Sexton, a spokeswoman for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said protective orders are only granted in truly serious cases in New Hampshire. Because there is already a high bar to get an order, she said it would make sense to include a gun restriction automatically. Petitioners need to prove that they have been the victim of a crime, that the abuse is current, and that they are in immediate danger of further abuse. “In light of all that, I’m not sure why a judge wouldn’t check that box to have firearms relinquished,” Grady Sexton said.
CBS Boston November 16, 2021
Court documents show the woman who was Court documents show the woman who was shot leaving work in Salem, Massachusetts Monday night was denied a restraining order against the man who police say pulled the trigger. A judge denied the request just weeks before the shooting.
The woman, whose identity has not been released, was leaving Doyle Sailmakers where coworkers say she was a manager. The 33-year-old woman remains in the hospital with life threatening injuries.
Domestic violence advocates say this is an egregious failure of the system.
“We are confounded by how a protective order petition alleging felony level offenses could have been denied,” said Lyn Schollett of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
The Berlin Sun October 27,2021
“During the pandemic, we have seen an increase in calls to our state’s domestic and sexual violence crisis centers as survivors have faced isolation and acts of violence have escalated in homes across New Hampshire. These federal funds will allow crisis centers to continue serving as a lifeline to survivors and will strengthen our statewide response to combat domestic violence and sexual assault. Thank you to our Congressional delegation for continuing to stand with survivors, we are deeply appreciative of your efforts to secure these critical resources,” said Amanda Grady Sexton, Director of Public Affairs at the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
WMUR October 24, 2021
Officials from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence said help is available for any victim of sexual assault.
"What we do know is that more than half of the campus sexual assaults that happen in the country happen in the first few months of the fall semester. So statistically, that's a dangerous time for students," said Lyn Schollett from the coalition. "So, it's really important to know what the resources are and to be engaged in really meaningful prevention conversations."