Protection orders and domestic battery

S.E.A. 79, P.L. 67
Effective: July 1, 2021

  • Provides that if a petition for an order for protection is filed by a person or on behalf of an unemancipated minor, the court shall determine, after reviewing the petition or making an inquiry, whether issuing the order for protection may impact a school corporation’s ability to provide in-person instruction for the person or the unemancipated minor.
  • Creates a procedure that requires a school corporation to receive notice if the court determines that issuing the order for protection may impact the school corporation’s ability to provide in-person instruction for the person or the unemancipated minor.
  • Enhances the penalty for domestic battery to a Level 6 felony if the offense is committed against a family or household member: (1) who has been issued a protection order that protects the family or household member from the person and the protection order was in effect at the time the person committed the offense; or (2) while a no contact order issued by the court directing the person to refrain from having any direct or indirect contact with the family or household member was in effect at the time the person committed the offense.
  • Enhances the penalty for domestic battery to a Level 5 felony when the offender has a prior conviction for strangulation against the same family or household member.

Read the bill at: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2021/bills/senate/79