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Domestic violence groups merging

January 1, 2007
Starting Wednesday, two organizations designed to battle domestic violence are merging to expand their reach across Indiana.

The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) and the Protective Order Pro Bono Project of Greater Indianapolis are teaming up to combine resources. Aside from providing legal support for domestic violence victims, the newly merged organization will provide referrals to domestic violence service providers for people seeking protective orders. Long-time Marion County domestic violence advocate Linda Olvey Helman will oversee that segment.

Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, founding executive director of the POPB in 2001 and who moved on to become legal counsel for the ICADV about two years ago, will oversee the legal staff and continue providing emergency legal assistance to domestic violence victims.

"It's a win-win for everyone," ICADV Executive Director Laura Berry-Berman said. "It's a natural fit for us, but it's a huge step forward for what we can offer victims statewide."
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