Indiana's domestic violence legislation does include same-sex relationships. The state does not have a crime reporting program, so no agency collects law enforcement statistics at the state level. Instead, the Indiana State Police and 30% of the individual local agencies report statistcis directly to the FBI. As a result, there is no statewide law enforcement domestic violence data collection in place. The State Police are currently testing an incident-based system.
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute administers VOCA funds and collects progress reports from approximately 160 agencies in the state. These reports consist of summary counts of the number of clients served and basic demographics. The information is not included in any reports. The Institute is also developing a protection order database for the state.
Legal Resource Project
This project is designed to help fill the legal needs of domestic violence victims in Indiana. The overall goal of this project is the development of a comprehensive legal advocacy and representation system that will assist victims of domestic violence throughout Indiana. A major component of this project is to provide centralized legal resources for domestic violence service providers, prosecutors, victims, legal aid centers, and others who assist domestic violence victims.
Region Women Initiative
This Northwest Indiana project has two focus areas - research and culture. The first phase, running through 2006, consists of a public policy report, a three-part cultural series and the launch of the first regionally based academic journal. The initiative is driven by community volunteers working together to stimulate public dialogue at the regional level on issues affecting region women's quality of life.
President's Family Justice Center Initiative
The PFJCI is a pilot program administered by the Office on Violence Against Women that has awarded more than $20 million to 15 communities across the country for the planning, development, and establishment of comprehensive domestic violence victim service and support centers. The goal of the PFJCI is to make a victim's search for help and justice more efficient and effective by bringing professionals who provide an array of services together under one roof. One of the first centers, the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County opened in January 2007.