Are You A Victim? Spousal Abuse FAQ
What kind of behavior can be called "domestic violence"?
"Domestic violence" is defined in Indiana as any extreme encounter within a home which results in sexual assault, bodily damage or fear of bodily harm.
Domestic violence can occur between spouses or ex-spouses, people who were once romantically involved but no longer, or people related by blood or adoption. It encompasses abuse between domestic partners (past or present), spousal abuse, sibling conflict, child abuse and children's abuse of parents.
Indiana also considers the following
behaviors a form of domestic violence: verbal abuse, intimidation, cutting
off a person from family and friends, sexual abuse and manipulation through
threats or financial deprivation.
"Domestic violence destroys the home. No one deserves to be abused. The responsibility for the violence belongs to the abuser. It is not the victim's fault!"
from the Clark
County Prosecutor's homepage written in compliance with the Indiana Code
husbands have the legal right to keep their wives and kids "in line"?
No man owns his wife or his children, nor does he have the right to harm them
physically. Domestic violence is a crime in every state in the country and
anyone violating the law is liable to prosecution. (Clark
County Prosecutor's homepage)
I think I am in an abusive relationship. What should I do?
The Beaman Home (Kosciusko County Shelter) advises:
I've been abused. What can I do?
According to the Beaman Home:
First, get proper medical attention. Then, you have some choices. You can:
How can I get my spouse, who has exhibited violence, removed from the home?
The Marian County
Circuit and Superior Court, written in compliance with the Indiana Code, says
that certain things are necessary for this type of restraining order.
A violent spouse can be removed from the
home, without notice and with the help of police, if you can comply with all of
the following requirements:
What is a protective order?
A protective order is a civil order that can be obtained if a judge finds probable cause to believe that certain events have happened. One of these conditions needs to have occurred:
Receiving a protective order means the abuser is ordered not to physically hurt you, damage your property, threaten to hurt you or your property, harass you, disturb your peace or cause anyone to do any of the above. A protective order cannot be issued between parties who have a divorce pending; a restraining order is issued instead.
Call the prosecutor's office to find out where you can get a protective order in your county. You can find the number for your local County Prosecutor in the Government Section of the phonebook. (Blue pages) Check under your county, then look for "Prosecuting Attorney."
Where can I get help?
Women's resource and referral (24 hour confidential Information and Referral) 1-800-82 -WOMEN
Central Indiana Crisis Hotline: Turning
Point Shelter for victims of domestic violence (Central Indiana Serves 12
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic
Violence, administered by the Federal Department of Justice: 2511 E. 46th
Street, Suite N- Indianapolis, IN
Fresh Start of Indianapolis: http://www.joylight.com/fsofindy.html A non-profit organization " dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic violence and their children as they break free in their quest to live a non-violent, self-sufficient, healthy lifestyle." Like other shelters, they offer many helpful services free of charge.
Beamon Home Spouse Abuse Shelter 24-Hour
Crisis Line 1-219-267-7701