Pictured (L to R) are Mike Pence, Indiana governor, and State Representative District 22 Rebecca Kubacki. Pence is signing into law Senate Enrolled Act 138 that will ensure that more victims of domestic violence are able to seek the help and shelter they need by eliminating a cap, which currently limits the amount of money that can be transferred to domestic violence shelters. Photo Provided
Pictured (L to R) are Mike Pence, Indiana governor, and State Representative District 22 Rebecca Kubacki. Pence is signing into law Senate Enrolled Act 138 that will ensure that more victims of domestic violence are able to seek the help and shelter they need by eliminating a cap, which currently limits the amount of money that can be transferred to domestic violence shelters. Photo Provided
INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki’s (R-Syracuse) bill assisting victims of domestic violence was signed into law by the governor.
“The issue of domestic violence has always been an important topic to me. Senate Enrolled Act 138 will ensure that more victims of domestic violence are able to seek the help and shelter they need by eliminating a cap, which currently limits the amount of money that can be transferred to domestic violence shelters,” said Kubacki in a Tuesday release. “I believe that this legislation will help lower this troubling number while also providing victims with the emotional support they need to confront their attackers.”
According to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there were 58 domestic violence homicides in Indiana between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
In 1981, a cap was put in place which limits the amount of money that can be transferred to domestic violence shelters. According to the Indiana Coalition of Domestic Violence, on any given day in our state, over 1,000 domestic violence victims and their children find refuge in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs.
SEA 138 will also allow victim advocates to sit at the table with victims and their attorneys during  court proceedings.
Often, victims do not report instances of domestic violence or follow through with court proceedings out of fear, according to the release. SEA 138 will provide an opportunity for advocates to stand with victims for support and guidance.
“As a state legislator, I am doing everything I can to look for new ways to help stop domestic violence in Indiana,” Kubacki said. “Statistics show that 7 million children live in families where severe domestic violence occurs. These numbers are simply not acceptable. This bill will ensure that victims can seek justice and shelter and break the cycle of violence in their lives.”