Your Legal Rights
Victims' Rights: It is the law in both New Hampshire and Vermont that victims of crime have certain rights. To read more about these rights, visit the links below.
Victims' Assistance: In both New Hampshire and Vermont, there are government agencies that help victims of crime. They may be able to assist you in the criminal justice process by answering questions, sharing information or helping you to access victims' compensation. Often these agencies may also serve as a 'liaison' between you and the prosecuting attorney's office. This means their role may be limited to helping you only if the crime is being prosecuted or that they may have to share what you tell them with the prosecuting attorney. You can always ask whether or not what you say will be kept confidential when working with someone in one of these agencies.
Victims' Compensation: In both New Hampshire and Vermont, programs exist to help compensate victims of violent crime for out-of-pocket expenses that are caused by the crime and not compensated by other sources, such as health insurance. (Note: you may also be able to apply for this support on behalf of your children.)
To learn more about these programs and how to apply:
- In New Hampshire:
- In Vermont:
As you look through the pages of this section, please keep in mind:
Internet Safety: There are many ways for an abuser to track your computer or internet use. In many cases, it may be safer to use a computer that your abuser has never had access to, such as a computer in a public library, community technology center, or at the home of a trusted friend. To learn more about protecting yourself while using the internet, visit the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Internet Safety Page.
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