STATEHOUSE – State Representative Rebecca Kubacki’s (R-Syracuse) bill assisting victims of domestic violence was signed into law by the governor.
“The issue of domestic violence has always been an important topic to me. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 138 will ensure that more victims of domestic violence are able to seek the help and shelter they need by eliminating a cap, which currently limits the amount of money that can be transferred to domestic violence shelters,” said Rep. Kubacki. “I believe that this legislation will help lower this troubling number while also providing victims with the emotional support they need to confront their attackers.”
According to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there were 58 domestic violence homicides in Indiana between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
In 1981, a cap was put in place which limits the amount of money that can be transferred to domestic violence shelters. According to the Indiana Collation of Domestic Violence, on any given day in our state, over 1,000 domestic violence victims and their children find refuge in our state’s emergency shelters and transitional housing programs. SEA 138 will help these shelters meet their needs by removing this cap and giving shelters access to resources.
SEA 138 will also allow victim advocates to sit at the table with victims, and their attorneys, during the court proceedings. Often, victims do not report instances of domestic violence, or follow through with court proceedings out of fear. SEA 138 will provide an opportunity for advocates to stand with victims for support and guidance.
“As a state legislator, I am doing everything I can to look for new ways to help stop domestic violence in Indiana,” said Rep. Kubacki. “Statistics show that seven million children live in families where severe domestic violence occurs. These numbers are simply not acceptable. This bill will ensure that victims can seek justice and shelter and break the cycle of violence in their lives.”