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Counties test expanded protective order registry

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Eight Indiana counties will be the first to use the state's expanded electronic protective order registry. The expansion is a result of a partnership between the Indiana Supreme Court, law enforcement, clerks, and domestic violence groups.

The expanded registry will allow a victim to complete required forms online with the help of a domestic violence advocate, which are then printed and taken to the county clerk for filing. Once the judge issues the protective order, the information will be sent to local, state, and federal law enforcement.

Elkhart and St. Joseph counties will kick off the pilot program July 27; Allen, Grant, Madison, Marion, Tippecanoe, and Wabash counties will also be the first to use the expanded registry.

"We are strong supporters of the registry and want people to understand this is more than a technology upgrade - it will allow our volunteers to give victims the assistance they need and link them to community resources," said Laura Berry Berman, executive director of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in a statement released by the court.

The Supreme Court received a $135,235 grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to improve the electronic protection order registry. More information on the registry is available on the Judicial Technology and Automation Committee's Web site.

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