STATEHOUSE (Feb. 21, 2017) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) proposal that would create a statewide domestic violence fatality review committee passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives today.
“In 2003, legislation was written that would allow counties to establish a domestic violence fatality review team,” Olthoff said. “But today, only five counties have a committee to study these cases. This new bill would establish a team to study cases statewide where there is a death or serious injury due to domestic violence.”
Olthoff said the bill would create an 11-member committee to review all fatalities or near-fatalities in the state that occurred due to domestic violence. The team could provide expertise and training to local review teams, assist or conduct a review of a fatality or near-fatality in possible domestic violence cases, gather information and identify trends and patterns, submit reports and make recommendations for prevention of injuries or homicides.
The bill would give the committee the ability to review current, ongoing cases. Under the proposal, the committee could request all applicable records including the full coroner and autopsy reports, medical and mental reports, criminal case history and any Child In Need Of Services actions.
“The committee’s work will identify dynamics in a relationship so that the state can better prevent violence and protect people,” Olthoff said.
The bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. For more information on Olthoff’s bill, 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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