Grant to enable NH Legal Assistance to expand medical and behavioral health services – New Hampshire Bulletin

New Hampshire Legal Assistance has a long history of helping victims of domestic violence navigate the court system, including obtaining restraining orders, child support and parenting plans when someone cannot afford to pay. a lawyer. The agency says a new grant will allow it to expand this work to ensure victims also receive medical and behavioral health services.

The three-year, $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice was one of 59 awarded, the NHLA said in a statement Thursday. The organization will partner with WISE in the Upper Valley, which helps people affected by domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment with emergency services and advocacy.

In announcing the funding, the NHLA cited findings from the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health showing that victims and survivors of domestic violence are at higher risk of suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues. following a trauma.

In an emailed statement, NHLA Executive Director Sarah Mattson Dustin said abusers can use the survivor’s mental health issues against them by preventing them from accessing treatment or making it a problem of child custody and other legal decisions.

The NHLA developed the initiative based on input from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and other advocacy centers on the most important challenges facing survivors in New Hampshire.

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