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Statehouse Update: Legislation targets domestic violence offenders
Start Date: 12/19/2013 All Day
End Date: 12/19/2013
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According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, statistics show that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by a partner each year. In Indiana, on one day, more than 1,100 victims took refuge in emergency shelters to escape domestic violence. These shocking statistics indicate the staggering need to curb domestic violence and address this epidemic on a state level.

During the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly, one of the bills I will champion would require the implementation of a GPS tracking program in cases of domestic violence and stalking. This device uses global positioning satellite technology to monitor an offender’s movements whenever they are away from their place of residence.

In the past, to separate themselves from the offender, victims of domestic violence were required to uproot their lives to get away. Utilizing GPS technology, law enforcement officials can now set up a digital no-pass zone around the victim’s home, place of employment and other important locations. If the offender enters any restricted areas, law enforcement is alerted. Previously, people facing domestic violence were victimized twice: the actual crime and being forced to leave their home and previous life behind. Now, with the help of technology, victims are a step closer to maintaining their normal day-to-day lives.

Domestic violence and sexual assault not only impact victims but also affect entire communities and can be linked to many other social ills. Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they know. One in six women and one in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape. Sixty percent of victims are repeatedly attacked, often with tragic consequences.

It is also worth noting that approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year. Men exposed to physical abuse, sexual abuse and adult domestic violence as children were almost four times more likely to have committed domestic violence as adults. Children that are exposed to violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes.

By enforcing court mandated “no contact” orders in domestic violence cases through the use of GPS electronic monitoring devices, victims will be better protected through improved methods to alert them to impending danger.

The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers a confidential, 24/7 hotline for anyone needing assistance or resources. Call toll-free at (800)-332-7385.

As always, I would like to hear your thoughts and ideas on the issues that matter most to you. Please contact me at (800) 382-9467 or s47@iga.in.gov.

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: eshrock@iga.in.gov
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