Criminal Enforcement : Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any actions that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Domestic Violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Definition provided by Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Domestic violence crimes are broadly defined to include any crime committed by and against an intimate partner (boyfriend/girlfriend, spouses, ex-spouses, or individuals with a child in common).  The most typical crimes of domestic violence include:

  • Domestic Battery
  • Battery
  • Strangulation
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Intimidation
  • Stalking/Harassment
  • Confinement

Indiana Law : Duty to Report Child Abuse & Neglect

In the State of Indiana, it is required by law, that all citizens report any suspected child abuse and neglect. Reports can be made ot the Indiana Department of Child Services or the police department where the abuse or neglect occurred.

IC 31-33-5-1, IC 31-5-2, IC 31-33-5-3, IC 31-33-6-1 & 3, IC 31-33-22-1

If you are a victim of domestic violence, these agencies can help:

National Coaltion against Domestic Violence

National Resource on Domestic Violence

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence