STATEHOUSE (May 1, 2017) — Legislation creating a statewide domestic violence fatality review committee was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb, according to author State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point).
“Domestic violence continues to be a global issue that reaches across socio-economic, cultural and racial distinctions,” Olthoff said. “According to the data, 60 deaths per year occur statewide due to domestic violence. This widespread epidemic has a huge impact on so many of our fellow Hoosiers. This law is one more tool we can use to take a stand against this terrible social issue.”
House Enrolled Act 1516 creates an 11-member committee to review all fatalities or near-fatalities in the state that occurred due to domestic violence. Currently, five counties have committees to study domestic violence cases, and this law expands the practice statewide.
“The committee will work on training with the local teams, review information gathered and find trends and patterns,” Olthoff said. “After gathering data, members of the committee will be able to craft policies and procedures to implement throughout the state in an effort to prevent future tragedies.”
The proposal also gives the committee the ability to review current, ongoing cases. With full confidentiality, the committee could request all applicable records including full coroner and autopsy reports, medical and mental reports, criminal case history and any Child In Need Of Services actions.
For more information on this new law, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Julie Olthoff represents House District 19,
which includes a portions of Lake and Porter counties.
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