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Starting Point Family Violence Prevention Specialist Penny Frechette (left) and Direct Service Coordinator Brad Loomis, stand outside Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro where they staff the Starting Point office.

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WOLFEBORO — Starting Point has been providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Carroll County for nearly 40 years. Their southern office at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro is fully staffed from Monday through Friday for services.

Brad Loomis, direct service coordinator and Penny Frechette, family violence prevention specialist, divide their time between the Conway office and the Wolfeboro office at Huggins.

Loomis has been with Starting Point for 10 years as the family violence prevention specialist, recently taking the position as the direct service coordinator. He is also a court advocate. Loomis has worked in law enforcement and has a long history of working domestic violence cases as a prosecutor. Frechette also has a law enforcement background and has been with Starting Point for over a year working as a court advocate before taking on the role as family violence prevention specialist. Both bring a wealth of expertise to the agency.

Available services at the Starting Point Huggins office include court advocacy, personal advocacy, emotional support, accompaniment to Child Advocacy Center and transitional services.

Additional services available from Starting Point advocates include; support groups, housing advocacy, shelter and prevention, and outreach services. Starting Point has a total of nine staff members and currently has an opening for a full-time advocate.

If you or some one you know is experiencing domestic violence or stalking or has been sexual assaulted, or if you would like to speak with a prevention specialist, call (603) 447-2494, Monday through Friday or the 24/7 support line at (800) 336-3795.

An open house for Starting Point will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Huggins Hospital location.

For more information, call (603) 447-2494 or email community@startingpointnh.org.

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