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Commentary: Try using common sense on guns

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Commentary: Try using common sense on guns

By Rep. Linda Lawson TheStatehouseFile.com I remember my first domestic violence case as a young officer on the Hammond Police Department. My partner and I went out on the call and had to contact our sergeant and lieutenant for advice.  The scene was shocking and absolutely vicious. Children were in the home as well as […]

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Bill to allow domestic violence victims to carry without a license passes House

By Darrell Crenshaw TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to carry a gun temporarily without a license passed the Indiana House Tuesday. “This bill allows he or she to use a court order, protection order to use as their license to carry a hand gun for up to 60 […]

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Amendment would create study of carrying without a license

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow domestic violence victims a temporary carry permit passed out of committee with a controversial amendment Tuesday. House Bill 1071 would allow a domestic violence victim to carry a gun without a permit for 60 days, but Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, proposed an amendment for […]

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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Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Outdated and unused cellphones are giving hope to survivors of domestic violence.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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Hoosiers donate more than 1,300 phones to help domestic violence victims

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 1,000 phones are being recycled to raise money for new phones that will end up in the hands of domestic violence victims. First Lady Karen Pence made the announcement Friday that Hoosiers came together and dropped off 1,367 used phones. “I’m so thankful for the generosity of state […]


Attorney general honors advocates for victims

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller presented Voices for Victims awards to three Indianapolis area victim advocates at the Statehouse Wednesday. Among those recognized for their “outstanding dedication to serving and giving a voice to victims in Indiana” are Sarah Hurley, founder and executive director of Kristy’s House, Stephanie Rader, board […]

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Indiana First Lady to host phone drive for second year in a row

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana First Lady Karen Pence is taking a step to help Hoosier victims of domestic violence during the month of October. This is the second year Pence will serve as host for a phone drive with HopeLine. “HopeLine from Verizon is an incredible program, and I trust that these donations […]

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Applications sought for domestic violence grants

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute announced on Wednesday it will be offering Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment and Services/Training/Officers/Prosecutors grants addressing violent crimes against women. The Indiana legislature created the fund in 1992 as a way to support various domestic violence issues, including abuse, neglect and exploitation of victims. The […]

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Frankly Speaking podcast: Obama comes to town, budget talks & more

Hosts Jacob Rund and Lesley Weidenbener talk about the week’s news in Indiana’s capitol, including President Obama’s trip to tout his community college plan and budget discussions that include legislative leaders saying no to the governor’s prison expansion plans.

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Video & story: Funding for domestic violence programs would double under legislation

Lawmakers request funding for domestic violence and sexual assault treatments from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Funding for domestic violence treatment and shelters would double over the next two years and rape crisis centers would get new money as well under legislation approved Wednesday by a House committee. The Family, Children […]

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