Victims Rights

RSA 173 - B:10(d) - New Hampshire Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Includes:

  • The right to be treated with dignity and respect throughout the entire criminal justice process.
  • The right to be informed about the process and to be notified of all court proceedings.
  • The right to attend the trial and all other court proceedings the accused has the right to attend.
  • The right to be protected from intimidation throughout the process.
  • The right to be informed about available resources, financial assistance, and social services.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, including threats of violence, According to NH law RSA 173-B:10(d), "If you feel that law enforcement protection is needed for your physical safety, you have the right to request that the officer assist in providing for your safety, including asking for an emergency telephonic order for protection. You may also request that the officer assist you in obtaining from your premises, toiletries, medication, clothing, business equipment, and any other items as determined by the court, and in locating and taking you to a local safe place including but not limited to, a designated meeting place to be used as a crisis center, a family member of friend's residence, or a similar place of safety. If you are in need of medical treatment you have the right to request that the officer assist you in obtaining an ambulance. You may request a copy of the report filed by the peace officer, at no cost, from the law enforcement department.

You have the right to go to the District, Family or Superior Court to obtain a protective order against the person who abused or threatened you.

Contact your local Domestic Violence Crisis Center for free, confidential support and assistance.

The police officer has the responsibility to decide whether or not to make an arrest; an officer can arrest with or without your consent if the officer believes that a crime has been committed.

Victim/Witness Assistance Programs

These programs provide orientation, notification, information and support throughout the criminal justice process within the Superior Courts and in some District Courts:

Attorney General's Office of Victim Assistance 603.271.3671

 

Belknap County

Carroll County

Cheshire County

Coos County

Grafton County

Hillsborough North

603.527.5440

603.439.7476

603.355.3013

603.788.3812

603.787.6968

603.627.5605

Hillsborough South

Merrimack County

Rockingham County

Strafford County

Sullivan County

U.S.Attorney’s Office

603.594.3255

603.228.0529

603.642.4249

603.749.4215

603.863.8345

603.225.1552