Giving Matters: Healing Victims of Domestic Violence

Jun 27, 2015

Bridges Domestic and Sexual Violence Support provides free services to victims of sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, harassment and stalking. Emily called Bridges when she and her daughter Brianna needed help.  

“A few years back I found out that my children were being sexually assaulted by my husband at the time.” Emily was stunned, “as a mom you feel so guilty, how could I not know, I brought this man into their lives, I thought he was a good person and now I find out all this.”


Emily’s first contact with Bridges came after her daughter told her about the abuse. “I took her to the child advocacy center to meet with detectives.” And it was there that she met a representative from Bridges. “She just sat with me and was there to be my sounding board.”


Bridges offers many avenues of support throughout the legal and emotional travails: group therapy both for victims and for parents of victims. “They gave me a 24-hour hotline I could call, so that when I woke up in the middle of the night there was someone I could vent to.” A Bridges rep was also present at all of the many legal proceedings from court hearings to meetings with the prosecutor, “right up until the plea hearing where he plead guilty to the crime.”


Bridges was equally helpful to Brianna through their teen support group. “We felt like a family when we were together and talking; [Bridges therapists and facilitators] made us feel like we could get through it and not feel so alone in the process of coping with everything that has happened.” She says, “that’s how Bridges has helped me in moving past all this and growing stronger.


Crisis centers around the state:

RESPONSE to Sexual & Domestic Violence

c/o Coos County Family Health Services
54 Willow Street
Berlin, NH 03570
866 662-4220 (crisis line)
603-752-5679 (Berlin office)
603-636-1747 (Groveton office)

The Support Center at Burch House
P.O. Box 965
Littleton, NH 03561
1-800-774-0544 (crisis line)
603-444-0624 (Littleton office) 

Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence
P.O. Box 1972
Conway, NH 03818
1-800-336-3795 (crisis line)
603-603-447-2494 (Conway office)
603-539-5506 (Ossipee Office) 
Voices Against Violence
P.O. Box 53
Plymouth, NH 03264
603-536-1659 (crisis line)
603-536-5999 (office)
38 Bank Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
1-866-348-WISE (toll-free crisis line)
603-448-5525 (local crisis line)
603-448-5922 (office)

New Beginnings Without Violence and Abuse
P.O. Box 622
Laconia, NH 03247
1-866-644-3574 (domestic violence)*
1-800-277-5570 (sexual assault)*
603-528-6511 (office)

Turning Points Network 
11 School Street
Claremont, NH 03743
1-800-639-3130 (crisis line)
603-543-0155 (Claremont crisis line)
603-863-4053 (Newport office)

Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire 
P.O. Box 1344
Concord, NH 03302-1344
1-866-841-6229 (crisis line)
603-225-7376 (office)

Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)
UNH - Durham
8 Ballard Street
Wolff House
Durham, NH 03824
1-888-271-SAFE (7233) (crisis line)
603-862-SAFE (7233) (local crisis line)
603-862-3494 (office)

A Safe Place
7 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
1-800-854-3552 (toll-free crisis line)
603-330-0214 (Rochester crisis line)
603-890-6392 (Salem crisis line)
603-436-4619 (Portsmouth office)
603-436-7924 (Portsmouth crisis line)

Sexual Assault Support Services
7 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
1-888-747-7070 (crisis line)
603-436-4107 (Portsmouth Office)
603-332-0775 (Rochester Office) 
YWCA Crisis Service 
72 Concord St.
Manchester, NH 03101
603-668-2299 (crisis line)
603-625-5785 (Manchester Office)

Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support 
P.O. Box 217
Nashua, NH 03061-0217
603-883-3044 (crisis line)
603-672-9833 (Milford office)
603-889-0858 (Nashua office) 

Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention 
12 Court Street
Keene, NH 03431-3402
603-352-3782 (crisis line)
1-888-511-mvcp(6287) (toll-free hotline)
603-352-3782 (Keene office)
603-209-4015 (Peterborough office)