Radioman turned Department of Metropolitan Development communications man John Bartholomew talks to city employees about the stories they believe deserve more attention. This week's topic: aiding victims of domestic violence.
Featured guests: Tanei Livingston of the Domestic Violence Court and Julie Fidler, DMD's human services grant manager.
Livingston explains that the city can help develop safety plans and ensure that protective orders are issued to keep abusers from contacting the victim in any way, even through family or social media channels.
"We want to see our women and men be strong - (to know) that there are better days ahead. That, yes, you are a victim, but you can overcome this obstacle that you are facing right now," Livingston said.
It may seem awkward that the DMD would be involved in domestic violence, Fidler noted, but "a lot of homeless folks and people at risk of homelessness are victims of abuse," she said.
In fact, according to the annual point in time census
count of people experiencing homelessness in Indy, 343 of the 1,599 people over the age of 18 who were counted were victims of domestic violence.
Through its partnerships with social service providers across the city, the DMD helps provide access to resources for food, housing and other services to people experiencing abuse by an individual related by blood, marriage or an intimate partner.
To request help in arranging a protective order and/or accessing services to help transition away from an abusive living situation, contact the domestic violence court at 327-2489 or 327-8577.
Disclaimer: This is a pure, undiluted stream of information straight from city government and a re-assigned radioman who pitches way more stories than we can possibly process - and found a solution by interviewing government employees about the programs and projects they think make good stories. For previous podcasts, click here.