What You Should Know

Abuse and interpersonal violence knows no boundaries; men, children, and elderly, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation or economic status, area also victims.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by one person to gain and maintain power and control over another in the context of an intimate or familial relationship.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone- adult women and men, teenagers, people who are mentally and physically disabled, and the elderly – regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, or economic status.

It may include:

  • physical violence
  • sexual violence
  • stalking
  • verbal, emotional, mental/psychological, and/or economic abuse
  • threats, pushing, punching, slapping, strangulation, shouting, and/or name-calling
  • harming or threatening to harm children or pets, and other violent or intimidating behaviors
  • isolation from family and friends
  • Rarely a one-time occurrence, domestic violence usually escalates in frequency and severity over time.
  • Abusers batter to control and dominate their partners

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is forced, manipulated, or coerced sexual activity. It is a crime in which the assailant uses sex to inflict humiliation on the victim, to exert power and control over the victim, or to use the victim to attain sexual gratification without regard for the victim’s consent.

  • Sexual violence can include child sexual abuse, rape, attempted rape, incest, exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, fondling and sexual harassment.
  • While sexual assault can take many different forms, the loss of power and control that a victim experiences is a common thread.
  • The victim of sexual assault can be any age, race, gender identity, or social background, as can the perpetrator.
  • In more than half of all reported rapes, the victim and rapist know each other.

What is Stalking? 

Stalking is a crime in New Hampshire under RSA 633:3-a. According to the law, it is illegal to purposely engage in two or more acts that cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her, or a family member’s, safety.

Usually, a victim knows their stalker and has some personal history with them.If you are being stalked, it is not your fault. Stalkers often take advantage of this personal connection that they have, using information about where the victim lives and works, family and friends’ contact information, and usernames and passwords to monitor the victim’s whereabouts, activities, and communications.

There are many forms of stalking. The list includes but is not limited to:

  • following a victim;
  • showing up at a victim’s home, place of work, or homes of family and friends;
  • sending harassing communications;
  • reading a victim’s mail, email or text messages;
  • violating a restraining order or continuing harassing conduct after being warned by law enforcement that the conduct is in violation of stalking laws.