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30 Laws in 30 Days: Helping victims split from abuser’s cellphone plan

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com  Editor’s note: This is the 30th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — For parents of teenagers, the ability to track their child’s location via cellphone can be a powerful tool that increases the dependent’s safety. But when those […]

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Bill allows victims to separate phone plan from abuser

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With her own experience helping victims of domestic violence, Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, is pushing a bill that would put more virtual distance between victims and their abusers. “Having worked as a family case manager for the Department of Child Services, I’ve worked with victims of domestic violence to […]

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Old phones help survivors of domestic abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Outdated and unused cellphones are giving hope to survivors of domestic violence. From now until the end of the month, first lady Karen Pence is hosting her third annual HopeLine from Verizon phone drive. HopeLine provides new phones equipped with 3,000 minutes to survivors so they can stay in touch with family, […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Kansas family turns tragedy into hope in Indiana

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Missey Smith’s worst nightmare came true on June 2, 2007. When her daughter, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, headed to the local Target store in her hometown […]

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Kelsey Smith Act aims to help emergency situation responses

By Shayla Jones TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill designed to help law enforcement officers respond quickly during emergency situations is moving to the full House. The Kelsey Smith Act passed the Courts and Criminal Code Committee Wednesday. The bill would require cellphone providers to immediately give the location of a cellphone when a victim is […]