Hope Card program launched for victims of domestic violence

A new program, just released in Indiana, is now helping victims of domestic violence by enabling police to quickly take action against violators of protective orders.

Attorney general Greg Zoeller announced the Hope Card program today at the YWCA in South Bend.

The card will replace the need for victims to carry around their court orders, sometimes 20 pages long, in order to allow police to take action against their abusers.

"At our facility we serve approximately 1,000 women and children through our domestic violence program and our sexual assault program every year and we want to make sure that we're taking every step possible to keep these women and children safe," Linda Baechle, YWCA President and CEO.

Verizon Wireless is providing the $30,000 grant to get the “Hope Card program off the ground.

Indiana is the first to implement the program entirely through private funding.

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