Proposed legislation would provide $5 million a year in the next two-year state budget for domestic violence prevention and treatment programs.
The House's efforts will include charitable donations, weekly education and awareness efforts and potential legislative action.
Domestic violence prevention advocates say funding issues are interfering with progress.
Indiana's first lady Karen Pence is supporting Verizon’s HopeLine program, which distributes refurbished cell phones to domestic violence victims.
Domestic violence prevention advocates say a controversy over possible funding cuts illustrates a need for better communication and adherence to timelines.
Domestic violence shelters in Indiana are already receiving new funds from the state's Criminal Justice Institute.
Domestic violence prevention groups feared the state would reduce their funding by $1 million.
An email sent to domestic violence prevention agencies said a state board would vote on whether to cut $1 million in funding for their programs.
Officials hope a new policy will help prevent teen dating abuse and sexual harassment.
Law enforcement personnel say they don’t necessarily see an uptick in crime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.