A report of domestic violence deaths in Indiana is now available: DV Fatality Review 2009-10.
On one day in Indiana, 1,051 domestic violence victims found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing.
A new service available to all OnStar customers could make it even easier for abusive partners to track their survivors. Family Link, a new add-on service for OnStar subscribers, not only allows real-time tracking at street level, but also allows subscribers to schedule email or text alerts to update them on the location of their vehicle at specific dates and times.
For an additional $3.99 per month, subscribers can add the service to an existing OnStar account on factory-installed systems. Once active, vehicle owners are immediately able to use the system in the same way that law enforcement does without filing a police report. Using the Family Link website, they can pull up the exact location of the car at any time, as well as have the system itself inform them of the car’s (and thus driver’s) whereabouts. The product, as is common, is marketed primarily to parents of teens,. However, even the creators of the system acknowledge that the potential for misuse is present.
For advocates, it is important to be aware of this service, particularly if your shelter or advocacy agency is an undisclosed location. Just as we safety plan around GPS in cell phones, it may be wise to begin asking about the cars survivors bring to shelter with them, as well. If the car is equipped with OnStar, some immediate safety steps need to be taken. First, the survivor can make contact with OnStar and ask that their account be password protected, ie no information about the vehicle or its’ whereabouts can be released without the proper password. If the survivor is comfortable with it, the account can be cancelled altogether. However, be aware that that does not remove the GPS capability from the car. In cases with high lethality risk, taking the vehicle to a shop to have the system itself physically disabled may be the best course of action.
Partners Collaborate To Launch Indiana Says NO MORE Campaign
Indianapolis, Indiana – (September 7, 2012) Several partners across the state of Indiana announced the launch of the Indiana Says NO MORE campaign, a movement centered on a powerful new symbol that brings people of all backgrounds together with the same desire to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Indiana.
The goal of the NO MORE brand is to symbolize hope, while being recognized universally in the fight to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Indiana Says NO MORE highlights and harnesses the power of the companies and organizations that make up our community – a dynamic community filled with people committed to making the world a better place,” said Julie Marsh, CEO of the Domestic Violence Network. “We want to spark dialogue and move the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault higher on the public’s agenda.”
Specific partners have sacrificed their time and abilities to assist in the launch of the Indiana Says NO MORE campaign. Indianapolis ad firm, redwall LIVE, sponsored the cause by managing the campaign and producing the PSA, website and other marketing materials. The campaign was directed by The Domestic Violence Network (DVN), The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV), and The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault (INCASA).
“We are thrilled with the tremendous outpouring of support for the Indiana Says No More campaign,” said Marsh. “It is our hope that the Indiana Says NO MORE campaign will ignite a strong sense of engagement within the community because it is absolutely true that together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.
About The Domestic Violence Network
The Domestic Violence Network exists to increase collaboration among many groups in an effort to end domestic violence. DVN functions to assist direct service organizations, grassroots organizations, public agencies, and businesses do an even better job of helping those impacted by domestic violence through advocacy, education and collaboration.
About The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
ICADV works to eliminate domestic violence through the implementation of prevention programs. Until the violence is ended, ICADV works to promote, strengthen and provide quality comprehensive services for member programs and all individuals affected by domestic violence across the state.
About The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault
INCASA exists to provide education, advocacy and support to professionals, communities and survivors regarding sexual violence in Indiana.
About redwall LIVE
Redwall LIVE is a marketing and advertising company that helps great companies achieve greater results by providing marketing innovations built to last.
For more information about the Indiana Says No More campaign and how you can be involved, please visit indianasaysnomore.com.
Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC Steps Up to Aid Indiana Victims of Domestic Violence
Victims of domestic violence often need assistance to break free from this violence. Many victims’ resources are limited because they are “controlled” financially by their abuser. In an effort to assist victims of domestic violence in Indiana to achieve self-sufficiency and move from victim to survivor, Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) is “stepping up” to help remove one more barrier victims face by offering their Partners Plus Auto Care Savings Plan through a partnership with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV).
Partners Plus Auto Care Savings Plan offers savings on tires, auto maintenance and repairs at all 2,200+ company-owned Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Expert Tire and Wheel Works stores, nationwide.
Because of BSRO’s generous support, domestic violence advocates will be able to access this discount program for victims across Indiana.
“The lack of reliable transportation is a significant barrier for victims who are attempting to leave a violent relationship,” says Laura Berry, executive director of ICADV. “Having Bridgestone Retail Operations offer a discount to victims who may be financially limited could be life-saving.”
ICADV works to eliminate domestic violence through the implementation of prevention programs including public education, advocacy for system and societal change, influencing public policy and allocation of resources. Until the violence is ended, ICADV works to promote, strengthen and provide quality comprehensive services for member programs and all individuals affected by domestic violence across the state.