$1M grant to increase legal aid for abuse victims

The Executive Council approved $1 million in new funding last week for New Hampshire Legal Assistance and two other organizations to expand legal aid services to more victims of stalking and domestic violence.
News Story (New Hampshire)

Kathleen Ronayne
Associated Press (AP)
July 7, 2016

Tags: Domestic Violence

Organizations mentioned/involved: New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA)


Her husband, meanwhile, hired a lawyer who helped him lower his monthly child support payments, from about $800 to $50, and file for a divorce. Howard, a mother of four with a part-time job, felt outsmarted and unsure how to best advocate for her and her children.

“I left that hearing feeling like his lawyer had totally mopped the floor with me,” Howard, a resident of Gilsum, New Hampshire, said. “It was a terrible feeling.”

Howard eventually found a lawyer through New Hampshire Legal Assistance, a nonprofit that provides free services to low-income victims. Her attorney helped her push back against the child support reductions and ensure she got a fair deal in the now-finalized divorce.

Howard was one of the rare victims who had access to legal help. But many more low-income people soon will have similar access.