Hope card to help victims with protective orders

Aug 15, 2012

A new statewide program will help law enforcement quickly identify and take action against those who violate a protective order.

The Hope Card program provides domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking victims with a wallet-sized card featuring vital information about their abuser.

It also includes the case number of the protective order so police can look it up in a newly created database.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says this prevents the problem of victims having to carry around a multi-page court order.

He says victim advocates and law enforcement across the state are being trained in how to obtain and identify the cards.

Indiana is the third state to launch the program and the first state to rely solely on private grants for funding.

The $30,000 cost is being covered by a grant from Verizon Wireless.