Community plan and training session addresses domestic violence

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A comprehensive plan is part of an ongoing effort to address domestic violence. Various stakeholders were invited to join a training session as the Domestic Violence Network works to implement its community-wide plan.

“We will not tolerate domestic violence in our community anymore. We’re going to put policies and procedures into place so we can help victims and we can hold perpetrators accountable for their actions,” said Kelly McBride, the group’s executive director.

Impact teams are focusing on prevention strategies through awareness, training and education. Various agencies, nonprofits, local government and businesses are involved.

Indianapolis has seen two very public examples of domestic violence recently. Officer Rod Bradway was killed while responding to a domestic violence call and Officer Kim Carmack was killed during a murder-suicide involving her ex-husband, who was also an IMPD officer. Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said he is serious about arresting domestic violence offenders and making sure they’re prosecuted.

“It’s troublesome, we’ve seen two horrific indictments within our own police department within the last two years and I can tell you that when I was a police officer some of the most violent situations I ever found myself in were involving domestic violence,” said Riggs.

This year alone IMPD has reported six homicides related to domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is trying to escape an abusive relationship, contact the Julian Center at 317-941-2200.

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