JTAC began a new pilot project with 8 counties on July 1st. Building on the success of the Protection Order Registry (POR), JTAC has developed a new Public Access application for the POR. This will allow domestic violence advocates to work with a victim to complete necessary forms for a protection order online. Of course, all of the electronic forms seamlessly push into the POR and a case is started by the Clerk effortlessly.
The Indiana Supreme Court is partnering with law enforcement, clerks and domestic violence groups to help better protect victims of abuse. Elkhart and Saint Joseph Counties are leading this effort by serving as pilot counties for an expanded protective order registry. Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. will be joined by Saint Joseph County Prosecutor Mike Dvorak and Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill, local judges and victim advocates for special news briefings to describe the importance of the expanded registry. Justice Sullivan will travel to both Saint Joseph and Elkhart Counties to thank court leaders for their commitment to the registry and answer press questions.
On July 1st, JTAC began a pilot of our Protection Order Registry Public Access application. This application allows case workers to work with a victim of domestic violence to complete the forms to request a protection order online. These documents can then be imported into the Protection Order Registry by the County Clerk to initiate the case.
The Protection Order Registry is taking another major step towards helping Hoosiers obtain Protection Orders when they have been victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking. Effective tomorrow, July 1, JTAC is beginning a pilot program that allows Victim’s Advocates to assist petitioners to complete an on line petition and confidential form to be filed with the County Clerk. An information and announcement meeting was held on June 26 for the pilot counties. Representatives from Allen, Elkhart, Grant, Madison, Marion, Tippecanoe, and Wabash counties’ domestic violence shelters and County Clerks offices attended the meeting.
July is fast approaching and the countdown for statewide deployment of the Protection Order Registry is on. With five new counties live, four more trained and three additional counties scheduled for training during June, the state is positioned to be in compliance with HB 1578 by July 1st. Clinton, Decatur, Elkhart, Gibson and Warrick Counties are the five latest counties to implement the POR.
Decatur went live on June 5th; Clinton, Gibson and Elkhart all went live on June 15th and Warrick went live June 24th . Dubois, Franklin, Ripley and Newton have received their training and are scheduled to go live on July 1st. Allen, Bartholomew and Switzerland are scheduled for training and are expected to go live on July 1st with the remaining counties.