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Indiana Issues Cards To Prove Protective Orders

The "Hope Cards" prove a domestic violence victim has obtained a protective order.

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An example of the Hope Card shows who the protective order is against and who it protects.

Indiana domestic-violence survivors who have gotten protective orders against their abusers may now find it easier to prove it.

Until now, victims had to carry around a copy of what generally is a multi-page court order. Indiana is the third state to introduce a wallet-sized card bearing the case number of a protective order, so police can look it up on a newly created state database.

“It‘s a very difficult situation with domestic abuse cases, where the law enforcement is put into a position of having to take sides. What this Hope Card does is it makes it very clear-cut,” says Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Michelle Gilbert.

Verizon Wireless picked up the $30,000 cost of the program.

She says police and victim advocates have undergone training so they will understand how the card works.

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