How We Can Help You

Crisis Intervention

Advocates provide emotional support and information for survivors of domestic and sexual violence through our 24-hour support line. An advocate is available in person at our offices, 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, no appointment necessary. Advocates can also meet survivors at the hospital, police department, or court.

Crisis Response advocates can offer a variety of supports and services including:

  • Telephone advocacy via the 24-hour support line
  • Face-to-face advocacy (at the office in Nashua or Milford)
  • Comprehensive information on available services/supports and referrals to external community services
  • Support for survivors during police and legal procedures
  • Support for the survivor during stays in the hospital

For more specific information or to answer questions you may have, click on the links below.

Support Groups

Support groups create the opportunity for survivors to learn from each other while continuing their own healing journey. Would you like some support? We are here to help. The following groups are available in either Nashua and/or Milford:

  • Domestic Violence Survivors
  • Sexual Assault Survivors
  • Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Expressive Arts (ages 5 to 12)
  • Creative Coping (combines elements of arts, light breathwork, and stretches as survivors of domestic and sexual violence focus on continuous self-care and building coping skills)¬†
  • Thrivers (for those who have previously participated in another Bridges group)

If you would like to join a support group, please call any of Bridges telephone numbers and speak with an advocate. You will then be contacted by the appropriate support group facilitator to learn more and complete an initial assessment.

 

Court Advocacy

Advocates offer information and assistance in obtaining protective orders and can provide accompaniment to court hearings.

Advocates can administer an intake process that may qualify survivors for free legal representation at final protective order hearings. Advocates also provide support through child custody cases, divorce, criminal, and sexual assault trials.

Advocates are available to assist survivors at the Nashua, Milford, Merrimack, and Hillsborough County Circuit Courts.

Housing

Bridges’ housing programs help to eliminate barriers that prevent survivors from obtaining or maintaining safe and affordable housing.

Janice’s House (Emergency Shelter):

We offer a safe, confidential shelter at a non-disclosed location for Safe, confidential shelter at a non-disclosed location for those who are actively fleeing dangerous domestic violence situations and human trafficking. Janice’s home is a comfortable space in a residential environment with four apartments. Trained advocates offer support, information, and referrals to clients staying in our home, to assist them in rebuilding their lives.

Transitional Housing:

Our Transitional Living Program provides individualized support services as survivors move through temporary housing to long-term self-sufficiency. Through this program, survivors can receive assistance with their first month’s rent, security deposit, and rental support which is titrated down over two years until the client can take over rental payments entirely on their own.

Education & Prevention

Presentations related to domestic and sexual violence are available to local schools, businesses, and civic groups. Training is tailored to each audience and compliant with OSHA guidelines and the NH Governor’s Task Force on Gender Equity in Education.

School Programs:

Research-based programming for elementary to college-aged students that is interactive, educational, aligned to Health and School Counseling Competencies, and easily integrated into school counseling and health curriculums. These programs aim to create safe communities for all and to help young people build healthy relationships today and as they continue into adulthood.

Professional Development:

Programming and presentations offered to educators, professionals, community organizations, and care givers related to developing trauma-informed skills, supporting children and teens in understanding factors related to partner violence, and understanding how they can best support someone who has been affected by domestic or sexual violence.

Types of Education & Prevention Programs offered include, but are not limited to, presentations on the following topics:

  • Communicating Boundaries and Consent
  • Sexual Harassment & Domestic Violence in the Workplace
  • Healthy Relationships & Dating Violence Prevention
  • Media & Gender Stereotypes
  • Mental Health & Coping Skills
  • Bullying
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault

Child Advocacy Program

Advocates provide support to children or teenagers and their non-offending caregiver(s) who are experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence. Advocates work closely with families in cases of exposure to domestic violence, in child sexual abuse cases, and in our emergency shelter program. Advocates will work with caregivers around promoting their children’s safety, accessing the most appropriate services for the family, and will take the lead role in coordinating services for the child.

Advocates are available to assist families when working with other agencies such as Health Care, Division of Child Youth and Families, Mental Health Agencies, Law Enforcement, Courts and Schools.

Support with families can last for multiple years and may include: 

  • Serving as an educational liaison to school districts for families residing in our emergency shelter
  • Offering parenting and non-violent discipline education to parents in our shelter
  • Child Advocacy Center accompaniment and follow-up services¬†
  • Support Groups including Expressive Arts and Teen Groups in conjunction with other community agencies.
  • Referrals to appropriate community resources and to trauma-informed mental health professionals

Hillsborough County South Child Advocacy Center (CAC):

The CAC is a child-friendly site where children who have been sexually or physically abused are interviewed by a trained forensic interviewer. The use of the CAC minimizes the additional trauma a child may experience when completing multiple interviews. A Bridge’s advocate is available at all CAC interviews to provide information and support to the child and their non-offending care giver(s). On-going support services are also provided to families following the interview.

Expressive Arts:

An exploratory expressive art program for ages 5-12 and their non-offending caregivers to explore and build socioemotional skills through arts and crafts. Art projects will include subjects such as:

  • Types of Abuse & Safety
  • What are Feelings?
  • How to Express Feelings
  • Anger and Conflict Resolution
  • Self-Esteem
  • Wishes & Change