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Domestic violence bill passes out of House

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A bill for domestic violence prevention and treatment passed unanimously out of the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

State Representative Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove), along with State Representatives Julie Olthoff and Dave Frizzell, authored House Bill (HB) 1007 as a means to call support Indiana’s domestic violence programs.

The legislation would create an appropriation fund of $10 million in the biennial budget for domestic violence prevention and treatment programs.

The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is a statewide coalition that provides technical assistance, resources, information and training for awareness programs and support agencies. ICADV reported 57 domestic violence programs that operate in Indiana currently.

Rep. Olthoff said, “This bill would give the programs dedicated to supporting victims of domestic violence more flexibility and options so that they can better serve those in need of domestic violence prevention and treatment services.”

For more information about HB 1007, or to determine how to help stop domestic violence, click here.