domestic abuse

Confronting Domestic Violence In New Hampshire

Feb 19, 2019
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We follow up on the Concord Monitor’s series, Fighting Back: Confronting Domestic Violence In New Hampshire, by looking at what a person needs when they leave an abusive relationship. such as emotional, legal, and financial support, and what barriers might stand in their way. We also discuss what our state is doing well, and where it can improve, in its approach to intimate partner violence. 

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a man found guilty of stalking a New Hampshire teenager.

David Ackell, 49, of Seekonk, Massachusetts, was found guilty in 2016 after he maintained contact with a teen after she repeatedly told him she no longer wanted to be in a relationship. He also threatened to release partially nude photos of the girl if she broke off contact with him.

Ackell appealed his conviction, arguing that the federal stalking laws violated his freedom of speech, and that the evidence presented by prosecutors was insufficient.

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A newly approved $1 million in federal funding is helping three legal organizations provide no-cost services to low-income victims of domestic violence and stalking.

The money, approved last week by the Executive Council, will be shared among New Hampshire Legal Assistance, the New Hampshire Bar Association's Pro Bono Program and the Legal Assistance Resource Center. The three organizations are partnering to reach victims earlier to find them lawyers who can help draft restraining order petitions and represent victims in court.

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  Under pressure from federal regulators Berlin has changed a housing ordinance that could unintentionally result in victims of domestic violence being evicted from their homes for calling the police for help…

The ordinance that concerned federal regulators required landlords to evict tenants if the tenants were cited at least three times for being disorderly.

The idea was to reduce problems at some rental properties.

But victims of domestic violence were not specifically excluded.