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New division created for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault & human trafficking

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana’s Attorney General says it’s time to do more to help victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking.

He says the state’s constitution calls for it.

Thursday, Greg Zoeller announced the creation of the Victim Services and Outreach Division of his office.

The announcement came during a law conference at the IU McKinney School of Law.

The new division will offer additional training for victim advocates on issues like human trafficking.

The hope is that this will serve as a centralized resource to increase ties between advocates in all 92 counties.

“So this network that we hope to create is really an umbrella of all the providers, so that they can share among themselves a dialogue. We hope to have more interactions,” said Zoeller.

Zoeller went on to say that he hopes increased communication between victim advocates will provide help to those in need.

He was encouraged that the state legislature doubled funding this year to help with issues related to domestic violence.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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