Bargersville police, advocacy group team up for cause

A local police department is teaming up with an Indianapolis nonprofit agency that helps people who have been victims of domestic violence.

Bargersville Police Department and Beacon of Hope Crisis Center have announced a partnership to provide advocacy for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Now, when a Bargersville police officer takes a report that involves a domestic incident, the report will be flagged and will be sent to Beacon of Hope within hours.

A Beacon of Hope representative will then reach out to the victim and offer assistance, which includes resources to find a path in life that is free from physical and emotional abuse. That may include a safety plan for the victim or a path to leaving their abuser or helping the victim file a protective order or finding housing for a family pet.

Greenwood police entered a similar partnership with Beacon of Hope last spring.

Beacon of Hope recently relocated to the southside and already works with other central Indiana police departments, including Southport and Beech Grove, and a safe haven and domestic violence support center in Indianapolis called The Julian Center.

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Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mkritsch@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2770.