Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

In both Governor Eric Holcomb’s proposed budget and the version approved by the House Republican caucus, funding for domestic violence prevention and treatment programs remains unchanged from the previous state budget.

Lawmakers want to make it easier for domestic violence victims to keep their cell phones away from their abusers. A proposed bill would provide that option after a victim gets a restraining order.

Under current law, only the owner of a cell phone account may see the full account and make changes. Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Laura Berry says that creates real problems for domestic violence victims.

What Can Indiana Do To Prevent Sexual Assault?

Jun 7, 2016
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The Indiana State Department of Health is looking to broaden its scope when it comes to preventing sexual violence.

The state has released an updated version of its Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Plan, which focuses on stopping rape before it happens.

Indiana’s last plan, released in 2010, focused on creating connections between state and local agencies, identifying priority populations to target, and finding data-based strategies to help prevent rape.

The new plan maintains similar goals, but opens the door to connecting more people, not just larger agencies.

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller is launching a new division within his office aimed at boosting services for victims of violent and sexual crimes. 

Indiana’s hundreds of victim advocates currently operate separately across the state in shelters, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices and hospitals. 

The Attorney General’s new Victim Services and Outreach Division will launch the Victim Advocates’ Network to coordinate information and training.  Zoeller says the network will link up various advocacy efforts.

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An estimated 12 percent of Indiana teens experience some form of dating abuse each year. that can result in emotional or social difficulties, physical injuries and trouble learning.

Colleen Yeakle is the coordinator of prevention initiatives for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

She says the abuse can result in emotional or social difficulties, physical injuries and trouble learning.

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Domestic violence prevention advocates expressed outrage in the last couple of weeks after perceived cuts to domestic violence funding by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the state agency responsible for distributing those dollars.