October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in an effort to bring attention to and end domestic violence. On average, there are nearly 20,000 calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide each and every day. While it is incredibly important for these individuals to seek out helpful services, it is unacceptable there are still so many men, women and children involved in domestic violence situations on a daily basis. In Indiana, we can help reduce this number through raising awareness and implementing policies to protect the Hoosiers who are facing these circumstances.
Recently, action was taken to establish a statewide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. On average, there are 60 deaths that occur each year in Indiana as a result of domestic violence. In an effort to prevent future deaths, experts will examine all fatalities or near-fatalities that stem from these situations. The data collected through the committee’s research will be used to craft policies and procedures to reduce family violence throughout the state.
Another law, which went into effect this summer, supports victims of abuse. The legislation allows protective orders to temporarily double as handgun permits in domestic violence situations. Under the policy, an abuse victim can use their protective orders as a handgun permit if they have applied for a handgun license, are at least 18 years of age and have never been convicted of a felony. The protective order can be used as a valid permit for up to 60 days. This policy will keep vulnerable Hoosiers safe and provide them the option to protect themselves in potential violent situations.
We all hope to make progress in reducing the number of domestic violence incidents across the board. To learn more about how to get involved during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit the National Network to End Domestic Violence website at nnedv.org. Other resources and domestic violence programs throughout Southern Indiana include Crisis Connection in Jasper, Hoosier Hills PACT in Salem, and the Albion Fellows Bacon Center and YWCA in Evansville. Indiana also offers a 2-1-1 service, which is a safe and secure telephone number Hoosiers can call to be connected to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As always, please contact my office with any questions or comments at 317-232-9793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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