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State Overview

Domestic Violence Legislation:Yes (IC 31-9-2-44.5)
NIBRS Status:Testing
Law Enforcement DV System:None
Service Provider DV System:Summary
Service Provider SA System:Summary

State Summary

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.

State Projects

  • 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.

  • Available Reports

    General Crime

    Domestic Violence

    Sample Data Collection Forms

    The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute collects information from agencies receiving VOCA funds semiannually using this form:

    The Division of State Court Administration collects information from courts with domestic violence cases using this form:

    The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute collects information from victims applying for compensation using this form:

    Available Data

    General Crime

    Domestic Violence

    Sexual Assault

    Links to State Agencies and Resources