YWCA NH Crisis Services provides free and confidential services to victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and stalking, regardless of gender, age, health status, physical, mental, and emotional ability, sexual orientation, sexual identity/expression, socio-economic status race, national origin, immigration status or religious or political affiliation.
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Our services include:
24-Hour Crisis Line
- Call 603-668-2299 anytime and give your name and call back number.
- Make sure to unblock your phone.
- An advocate will call you back within ten minutes.
- For safety reasons, we will NOT leave call back messages.
“The use of your services has had a profound effect on my life. Indeed it allowed me to create a life for myself. My circumstances left me in a desperate situation and homeless. Allowing me to stay at Emily’s Place made it possible for me to put together a life where I could support myself.”
Language Line & TTY
- For bilingual and bicultural clients, all YWCA services are available with access to the language line in more than 100 languages.
- For clients in the deaf community, all YWCA services are available with access through TTY.
“For the first time I am taking MY LIFE BACK.”
Crisis Counseling: Walk In or Office Appointments
- Clients can walk-in to the office and receive crisis counseling Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Confidential meeting spaces to explore options and safety planning while coping with domestic or sexual violence or stalking.
- Access emergency court accompaniment for domestic violence petitions (restraining orders) and stalking petitions.
- Access pro bono legal advocacy programs for final domestic violence petitions (restraining orders) hearings and divorce and custody (ONLY related to domestic violence).
- Apply for state and federal Victim’s Compensation funds which can be used for crime related expenses i.e. medical care, mental health counseling, relocation costs and emergency HIV medications.
- Obtain referrals for counselors specializing in treatment and support of victims/survivors recovering from interpersonal violence.
- Create a safety plan to safely escape from an abusive situation.
For the first time in my life, I am finding my voice and expressing my true feelings.
Court Accompaniment: Protective Orders and Criminal Proceedings
- Advocates will meet clients at court to assist with the application for temporary domestic violence petitions (restraining orders). Ask the clerk at District or Superior Court to call an advocate.
- Upon request, advocates will accompany victims to court for the final hearing for protective orders (restraining orders).
- If clients are witnesses in a criminal domestic or sexual violence case, YWCA Crisis Services provides an advocate to attend court proceedings with the victim.
- At Manchester District Court, there is a specialized unit of prosecutors or advocates called the Domestic Violence Project. This team of law enforcement, advocates, and prosecutors works closely with YWCA Crisis Services to support victims/survivors using the court system.
Hospital & Social Services Accompaniment
- Advocates are called to respond to Elliott Hospital, Catholic Medical Center, and Parkland Medical Center in all cases of suspected domestic and sexual assault.
- Advocates can answer questions, provide safe housing options, and be present during sexual assault evidence collection exams.
- Advocates will also respond to local clinics and doctor’s offices for sexual assault evidence collection exams upon request.
- Sexual assault evidence collection exams should not cost the victim financially as they can be paid for through NH State Victim’s Assistance Commission.
- If a victim does not need medical treatment but wishes to meet an advocate at a local social service agency, YWCA NH will send an advocate to that agency.
Child Advocacy Center Accompaniment
Advocates may be available to respond to child victim interviews at the local Child Advocacy Centers in Hillsborough North and Rockingham South.
- Advocates can answer questions for parents/guardians about the child interview process.
- Advocates provide a safe person for children to wait with while parents/guardians meet with the team to discuss the case.
- Advocates can make referrals for families coping with child sexual abuse.
Law Enforcement & Prosecutor Accompaniment
- Advocates can attend police and prosecutor follow-up interviews with victims upon request.
- If law enforcement responds to the hospital, advocates can assist victims in gathering information about their case from the responding officers.
- Advocates can serve as a liaison with the police department if victim/survivor does not want to speak directly to law enforcement at the time of the incident.
- YWCA NH Crisis Services can assist victims involved in criminal cases from report through sentencing so they do not have to go through this process alone.
“I went seeking help for my niece. And in turn found myself needing the help.
Quite the turning point in this 47 year old woman’s life.
I never thought I would or ever could like myself.
Get healing or needed healing.
Is it actually possible???
To be able to move beyond the sexual abuse, neglect and trauma.
But at last…
It is true!!!
It is possible.
I am now grateful to have begun the most difficult journey in my life.
What about you???
Start your journey.
You will grow beyond your imagination.
And to all the people placed in my life to help me
“Thank You” from the bottom of my heart.”
Family Violence Specialist at DCYF
- YWCA NH Crisis Services has an advocate who works out of the local DCYF office to assist DCYF involved families who are coping with domestic or sexual violence.
- The Family Violence Specialist is available to assist victims with safety planning, obtaining emergency benefits, and with referrals for counseling and other support services.
- To reach this advocate, please call 603-665-8453.