The Canaan Police Department takes domestic violence very seriously.

 Please take the time to read this section and let us help you if you are the victim of domestic violence. 

We've also included phone numbers of services you can contact (most 24 hours a day) for help in a crisis situation. 

As always, please remember to call 9-1-1 for any emergencies.


ISafety during an Explosive Incident

A. If an argument is unavoidable, try to have it in a room or area that has access to an exit and not in the bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere near    weapons.

B.  Practice how to get out of your home safely.  Identify which doors, windows, elevator, or stairs would be best.

C.  Have a packed bag ready and keep it in a secret but accessible place in order to leave quickly.

D.  Identify a neighbor you can tell about the violence and ask that they call the police if they hear a disturbance coming from your home.

E.  Devise a code word to use with your children, family, friends, and neighbors when you need the police.

F.  Decide and plan for where you will go if you have to leave home (even if you don’t think you will need or choose to).

G.  If the situation is very dangerous, use your own instincts and judgments to keep yourself safe.  (You have the ability to obtain a restraining order

      at your local court during business hours and through local police during the nights and weekends.)

II. Safety When Preparing To Leave

A.  Determine who would let you stay with them or lend you some money.

B.  Always try to take your children with you or make arrangements to leave them with someone safe.

C.  Leave money, an extra set of keys, copies of important documents, and extra clothes with someone you trust.

D.  Open a savings account in your own name to begin establishing or increasing your independence.  Be sure that         

      the bank statements are mailed directly to a trusted friend or family member.  Think of other ways in which you can increase your independence.

E.  Keep shelter numbers close at hand and keep change or a calling card with you at all times.

F.  Review your safety plan with a domestic violence advocate in order to plan the safest way to leave your batterer.

III. Safety With A Restraining Order

A.  Keep your restraining order with you at all times.  Leave extra copies at work, with a friend, in your car, etc.

B.  Call the police if your partner breaks the protective order, even if only by phone.

C.  Think of alternative ways to keep safe if the police cannot respond right away.

D.  Inform family, friends, and neighbors that you have a restraining order in effect.

E.  Try to avoid places in the community where your batterer may frequent.

IV. Safety On The Job And In Public

A.  Decide who at work you will inform of your situation.  This should include office or building security (provide a picture of your batterer if possible).

B.  Arrange to have someone screen your telephone calls, if possible.

C.  Devise a safety plan for when you leave work.  Have someone escort you to your car, bus, etc.  Use a variety of routes to go home if possible. 

     Think about what you would do if something happened while going home.

E.  Try to avoid places in the community where your batterer may frequent.

V. Your Safety And Emotional Health

A.  If you are thinking of returning to a potentially abusive situation, discuss an alternative plan with someone you trust.

B.  If you have to communicate with your partner, determine the safest way to do so.

C.  Work on having positive thoughts about yourself and be assertive with others about your needs.

D.  Plan to attend a support group for at least one month to gain support from others and learn more about yourself and the relationship.

E.  Decide who you can call freely and openly to give you the support you need.

D.     Read books, articles and poetry to help you cope.


Suicide Prevention 24 hour Hotline                        1-800 333-4444

Alcoholics Anonymous                                             1-800-593-3330

HEADREST Hotline                                                 448-HELP

Community Services Council of NH Alcohol

& Drug Intervention                                                   1-800-852-3388

Counseling Center of Lebanon                              448-1101

WISE                                                                           448-5525


Coalition against Domestic Violence                     224-8893

Center for New Beginnings                                      1-800-852-3388

The DOVE Project                                                    1-800-639-5290

Headrest Hotline                                                       448-HELP

NH Coalition against Domestic and

Sexual Violence                                                         1-800-852-3388

NH Victim’s Assistance Commission                     1-800-300-4500

WISE of the Upper Valley    Hotline:                         448-5525

Business:                     448-5922



Canaan                                 523-7784

Enfield                                    632-7501

Grafton                                   523-7667

Grafton Co. Sheriff’s 1-800-564-6911

Hanover                                 643-2222

Lebanon                                448-1212

Lyme                                      795-2047

Orange                                   787-6911

Orford                                    353-4252

Plainfield                               469-3344

NH State Police Troop F      846-3333

Lebanon District Court                                 643-3555

Lebanon District Court, Family Division     643-3666

Grafton County Superior Court                    787-6961

Grafton County Attorney’s Office                 787-6968

NH Legal Assistance                                    225-4700

NH Bar Association                                      224-6942

Legal Help Line                                             1-800-852-3388

Legal Advice & Referral Center                  1-800-639-5290

“There’s no Excuse for Domestic Violence”