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Wanted: Crisis hotline volunteers
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.
A review of a judge's decision in a Hampton domestic violence case found her ruling 'reasonable.'
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.”
New Hampshire Judicial Branch concludes review of judge’s decision in domestic violence case
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.