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The Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention, Inc.
provides crisis intervention for victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse,
and their families. Crisis services include a 24-hour crisis line, response to
sexual assault and domestic violence, emergency shelter, and help dealing with
police, medical, and court personnel.
24 Hour Crisis Lines
603-352-3782 Keene or 603-532-6288 Jaffrey
Toll FREE 1-888-511-MCVP (6287) (NH only)
MCVP operates in Keene, New Hampshire. We serve all of Cheshire County and 14 towns in western Hillsborough County. Our crisis hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by staff and trained volunteer Crisis Intervention Workers.
Outside of NH, you can call:
• National Resource Center on Domestic Violence at 1-800-537-2238
• National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Please select from the topics on the menu bar on your left for additional resources for domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, restraining orders and emergency shelter.
What to do if you are a victim of Domestic Violence and need assistance in a crisis:
Go to a safe place - call a friend and/or the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention for help. A trained advocate can provide you with immediate support and information.
If you're still in danger, the advocate can contact the police or emergency services for you.
It is important to remember that unless the abuser gets a clear message that you won't tolerate any more violence, it will not only continue, it will most likely increase.
Remember, whatever you tell an advocate is confidential. No one else has any right to know what you have said and the advocate will not take any action without your consent.
If you are the victim of ongoing emotional abuse and just need to talk to someone, call the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention. The advocate can help by listening, by offering alternatives, by just being there for you.
We also offer support services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Here are some important links and resources we'd like to share:
Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence & Stalking Information:
Violence Prevention Education:
Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet
Centers For Disease Control
Communities Against Violence Network
Domestic Violence Fact Sheet
Domestic Violence in the Workplace Fact Sheet
Family Violence Prevention Fund
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
National Organization For Women
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Office on Violence Against Women
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)
Sexual Assault Fact Sheet
Sexual Assault - The Mental Health Impact Fact Sheet
Sexual Harassment Fact Sheet
Stalking Fact Sheet
Stop Family Violence
The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children Fact Sheet
Violence Against Women
Violence Against Men
Don't Laugh At Me!
Olweus Bullying Prevention
Stop Bullying Now!
Wellesley Centers For Women
Get Help Now!
NH Legal Handbook for Women- English
NH Legal Handbook for Women- Spanish
New Hampshire Resources:
New Hampshire Crisis Centers
New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic And Sexual Violence
Americorps Victim Assistance Program
Information For Teens:
Love Is Not Abuse
Reach Out NH
Fact Sheet on Teen Dating Violence
Client Grievance Policy
Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention is dedicated to providing crisis intervention and prevention services to victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking following an empowerment model of practice and without discrimination. All of these services are to be held confidential and free of charge. Victims/Survivors who receive services from MCVP staff and volunteers may file a written request for a grievance hearing with the Executive Director if at any time they feel that services have not been provided fairly or adequately within 24 hours of receiving the services in question. The Executive Director will conduct an investigation of events and actions taken within 5 business days and provide the client with a written decision which is final. This documentation will be placed on the clients file.
Rights of Clients
The Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention strives to provide services to victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking regardless of gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental or emotional disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, religious affiliation or political affiliation. This infers a thoughtful plan for outreach to diverse communities; i.e outreach is a service to which all prospective clients have a right.
♦ You have the right to respectful treatment.
♦ You have the right to have your individual information/records kept confidential
according to NH RSA 173-C. You may ask any of the Monadnock Center for
Violence Prevention staff about your rights under NH RSA 173-C.
♦ You have the right to access your individual records.
♦ You have the right to make your own decisions within the rules and policies of
the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention.
♦ You have the right to know and understand all the rules and policies of the
Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention by which you must abide.
♦ You have the right to offer suggestions and input concerning the Monadnock
Center for Violence Prevention.
♦ You have the right to make a complaint about the Monadnock Center for
Violence Prevention services. The first step is to take the complaint to the
MCVP staff. If no resolution is reached, you have the right to address your
complaint through the grievance procedure of the Monadnock Center for
Sexual Assault Response
No one ever deserves to be sexually assaulted.
Sexual assault is any sexual activity that is done without the victim's consent, whether through force, manipulation, or coercion. It is a crime. Sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, ethnic, or economic background.
Sexual assault has short- and long-term physical and mental health effects that make recovery difficult. Since most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, the perpetrator is often an acquaintance, friend or relative, which may make the sexual abuse even more traumatic. Whether or not a victim chooses to report a sexual assault, MCVP can provide support and services, resources and additional referrals that can help victims begin the recovery process.
Sexual assault is against the law, regardless of when or where it occurs, or the gender of the victim or perpetrator. There are time limitations for legal recourse, so victims can talk to an advocate about their options or an attorney about their legal rights.
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted
Go to a safe location. You can call the police if you need help or want to report the sexual assault.
Get medical attention. Deciding to seek medical attention is always recommended regardless of whether or not the crime us reported to the police. A medical exam can provide treatment for injuries or sexually transmitted infections, as well as provide evidence collection and emergency pregnancy and HIV prevention. It is important to know that under the law, medical professionals must report cases of suspected child abuse and gun shot wounds.
Important: do not change your clothes, bathe, or wash away any evidence if you are going to the hospital and the assault took place in the last five days.
Start the healing process. Call MCVP for support. A trained sexual assault crisis advocate will meet you at the hospital and/or police station. The advocate is there to offer you support and answer any questions you may have. Any information you share with the advocate is confidential. Advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to listen and help you understand your options.
The process of healing and regaining trust after being sexually assaulted, especially by someone you know, is a long one. Not only has your body been violated, but your faith in another person has been betrayed. It might take a while for you to feel safe and secure again, but in time you will be able to go on. Talking about the assault and your feelings with someone you trust can help. We at MCVP are here to listen, help you explore your options, and provide support.
The Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention, Inc. (formerly Women's Crisis Services) provides victims of domestic and sexual violence temporary shelter at confidential locations. Facilities include a four bedroom handicap accessible shelter with common play areas and nursery space to accommodate families with urgent needs for safe housing.
If You are Being Stalked
1- Notify Law Enforcement:
If you believe you are being stalked, call the police right away. Be sure to tell them about any previous action taken and the results (i.e. the stalker was warned to stay away from you). Consider obtaining a cellular phone. In the event that you are being followed while driving, you can call 9-1-1 immediately and document the incident as it is happening. It is important to get the docket or file number of your complaint, as well as the name of the reporting officer so that you can follow up on the complaint.
Arrests can only be made if the stalker has already been warned by the police to stay away from you. If there is already a restraining order in place, the police must arrest the stalker. In the event of an arrest, the stalker will likely be bonded and released. Ask that a condition of the bond be no contact with you. Obtain copies of all documents and the name of the judge.
You should also contact Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention. There is a law in the state of New Hampshire to make getting help safer for you. RSA 173-C states that information transmitted between a victim of sexual assault, domestic abuse, stalking, or sexual harassment and a crisis center advocate shall remain confidential. This information is never given out, unless Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention has received written permission from you. This means you can disclose any information about your situation and receive help and support without any of the conversation being revealed to a third party. Crisis center advocates are still required to report any knowledge of child abuse that you might disclose to them.
2 - Document Everything Yourself:
Record witnesses' names, dates, times, locations, and what the stalker was doing, saying, wearing, driving (license plate no.), etc. If it can be done safely, take pictures of the stalker. Law enforcement agencies log your complaint each time you call. Request a copy of each report.
3 - Tell Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Co-workers:
Provide them with a description or photograph of the stalker. Ask them to watch for the stalker, to document everything listed above, and to give the written account to you.
4- Save All Written Material, Legal Documents, and Telephone Messages Recorded on Answering Machines:
Save and date all cards, letters, notes, and envelopes from the stalker. Obtain and keep copies of warrants, protective orders, court orders, etc.
5 - Report threatening calls to the telephone company.
Make use of your telephone provider's tracing system and Caller ID. Dial *57 immediately after receiving a harassing phone call, and the call will be traced for a small fee. Be sure to log the date and time of each successfully traced call. Save and date all telephone messages, because they too, can be utilized as evidence. Do NOT tape telephone conversations without telling the stalker he or she is being taped beforehand. It is illegal to tape someone without his/her knowledge, and renders such evidence useless.
Develop a Support System: Keep in touch with friends who are supportive and understanding. Tell someone about each encounter with the stalker.
You May Experience Extreme Stress and Trauma and Want to Seek Assistance: You may begin to experience rage, terror, suspicions, an inability to trust anyone, depression, changes in sleeping and/or eating patterns, exhaustion, and/or frequent crying spells. Your body and mind are simply reacting to the extreme stress. Talking to someone who is trained to work with victims may help alleviate some of the symptoms that are interfering with other aspects of your life.
Remember, the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention is an important resource and can provide you with additional safety recommendations, support, and assistance in understanding the legal system.