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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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What’s behind Indiana’s increase in child abuse reports?

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Shortly after an elementary principal alerted deputies something might be wrong with a child who had been absent from school for a few days, the frightened 9-year-old boy was laying in the fetal position in the lobby of the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office. The boy’s pale face was bruised, […]

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Child abuse, teen violence higher in Indiana than other states

By Ashley Steeb and Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Children in Indiana are surviving, but they may not be thriving, according to new data released Monday. The Indiana Youth Institute released their annual KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book, which provides information on how Hoosier children are managing. The numbers show the state’s child abuse and […]

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Department of Education outlines plan to prevent child abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, is proposing her plan to prevent child abuse in schools. The plan includes additional training for school employees and streamlining the license revocation process. “No student can learn unless they are safe,” Ritz said in a statement. “As a lifelong educator, I know […]

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Community members asked to watch for signs of child abuse

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers are being asked to keep an eye out for the signs of child abuse. Community members and child welfare advocates gathered in the Statehouse Monday to recognize April as Prevent Child Abuse Awareness month. The governor said the community is key to preventing child abuse. “The truth of […]

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New registry will track convicted child abusers

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A statewide registry of convicted child abusers will soon be made available to the public. “I think it’s fantastic. I think going to be a good tool for parents to use when they are screening daycare provider for their children and that was what started the whole bill,” said […]

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Annual data book: Indiana ranks fifth in first time child abuse cases

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has the fifth highest rate in the country for first time child abuse victims. According to the 2016 Kids Count in Indiana Data Book, released Monday, a child is abused or neglected once every 20 minutes and half of the children are under the age of five. “About […]

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New law: Juvenile delinquents will be screened for abuse, neglect

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Kids who are abused and neglected are significantly more likely to be convicted of a crime as a juvenile. That’s why a new state law will require that minors in criminal detention are screened to see if they are victims as well. “After 20 years working with children, I […]

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Bill requires state to hire more DCS hotline workers

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs passed a bill Wednesday that would require the state to hire more than 150 new employees in an effort to better protect children from abuse and neglect. It now moves to the House Ways and Means Committee, which will consider its […]

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Lawmakers plan to pursue DCS changes

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Some House members said Wednesday they still believe there is work to be done to improve the Department of Child Services after the agency talked about changes it has made to its child abuse hotline. David Judkins, director of field operations for DCS, told the House Children and Human […]

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