The following list are the Victim/Witness Resources available for our community (in no particualar order). The italic paragraphs are mission statements of the orginization.
Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP): “The mission of [SHARPP] is to eliminate sexual and intimate partner violence. SHARPP's mission is accomplished in two parts: by providing free and confidential advocacy and direct services to all survivors and their allies; and by offering culturally competent awareness and prevention programs to the University of New Hampshire community.”
SHARPP is a resource available to members of the UNH
community for victims of stalking, domestic (and/or dating) violence, and sexual assault.
: Formerly SASS and A Safe Place, Haven serves the communities of "Southeastern New Hampshire and those women, men and children affected by domestic violence and sexual violence. Our ability to eliminate domestic and sexual violence while supporting individuals and families is greater than ever."
UNH Counseling Center: “We see ourselves as specialists in developmental, clinical/remedial and preventative interventions with young adults and non-traditional age college students. As counselors, we facilitate student’s further development of their strengths so that they can overcome their challenges… A large part of our community work focuses on prevention; we believe that increased awareness of healthy ways to cope with stress can help the UNH community and its individual members achieve their professional and personal goals.”
The UNH Counseling Center provides mental health services to students, staff, and faculty.
UNH Health Services: “The University of New Hampshire Health Services promotes, maintains and improves the health and well-being of the University Community in support of the institution’s academic mission. This is accomplished by providing primary health care services, by teaching health care consumerism, illness prevention and health promotion, by providing co-curricular learning opportunities for students, and through its public health role. Services are accessible, cost effective, and provided in a caring and professional manner. University employees have convenient access to certain clinical and educational services, as well. Health Services continuously improves the quality of its care and services.”
The New Hampshire Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence: “…creates safe and just communities through advocacy, prevention and empowerment of anyone affected by sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking.”
While not a crisis center the Coalition is “an umbrella organization that provides technical and financial support to 14 member agencies who provide services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.”
SHARPP and SASS are members of this coalition. The Coalition can assist community members seeking assistance when away from campus.
The Domestic Violence Emergency Project (DOVE): “…is a program of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program that provides victims of domestic violence with emergency legal services…[DOVE] provides free legal representation to qualifying clients at final Domestic Violence Restraining Order hearings…”
Strafford County Family Justice Center: “…is a place where survivors will find many of the services they need under one roof. Working together, we provide coordinated, comprehensive services…”
Present at the Center are the above mentioned SASS and A Safe Place; also present are “NH
Legal Assistance” and “Law Enforcement.” According to the Center, “Law Enforcement officers…provide security…[and] can take initial criminal reports.”
Strafford County Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit: “Victim Assistance Coordinators assist victims and witnesses with the legal process by providing information and support and ensuring that victims are afforded all of the rights outlined in New Hampshire’s Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights. Support begins as soon as a charge is brought by the police department and continues until the disposition of the case. Victims and witnesses will need to appear in Court to testify should a case go to trial. Many times, this is a new and unfamiliar experience for them. In such cases, victim assistance can be most helpful in explaining the process and offering support throughout proceedings in court.”
UNH Affirmative Action and Equity Office: “…is charged with the responsibility to oversee the University's compliance efforts with affirmative action, Title IX, disability laws and regulations (including ADA and Section 504), equal employment laws, and campus initiatives aimed at creating a diverse, welcoming and equitable campus.”
UNH Office of Community Standards
: “…supports and enforces standards of behavior designed to foster an environment of civility and respect where both rights and responsibilities are deeply valued and highly cherished. The Office of Conduct and Mediation respects the integrity of students by protecting students' rights and ensuring fairness through the enforcement of University policies and regulations. Our office also serves as a resource for the University community regarding conflict managment and resolution, providing both programs and services to promote the development of critical life skills.”
The Office of Community Standards can service as a quasi-court system, and is often used by students to mediate issues.
UNH Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMSA): “…creates opportunities for people to participate in an inclusive community and to explore and understand diversity, injustice and equity. Their work is grounded in understanding diversity that includes people of all abilities, ages and ethnicities, genders, nationalities, races, religions/spiritual traditions, socio-economic classes and sexual orientations. OMSA provides support and development for African American/Black, Latina/o, Native American and Asian/Pacific Islanders, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students.”
UNH Disability Services for Students
: “…provides services to students with documented disabilities to ensure that all University activities and programs are accessible. Individualized accommodations and support services for veteran students with disabilities is also available. The office also promotes the development of student self-reliance and the personal independence necessary to succeed in a university climate.”
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (WDH)
: Located in Dover, NH WDH is the closest hospital to the Durham campus. WDH can provide rape kit examinations. WDH is also the after-hours provider for UNH students when UNH Health Services is closed and a student's medical care cannot wait until Health Services is open. Other hospitals in our area include; Portsmouth Hospital
, Frisbie Hospital
and Exeter Hospital