Legacy of violence
The perennial problem of domestic violence continues to plague our community. Just meditate on the legacy of pain and shame unwinding around us: At least 47 men, women and children died from July 1, 2009-June 30, 2011, according to the 2010 State of Domestic Abuse in Central Indiana Report released last week. The Marion County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team and Domestic Violence Network found "that data integrity continues to be an issue resulting in difficulty with identifying community gaps and needs." Advocates expressed hope that a partnership with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Prosecutor's Office and the Julian Center on a federal grant to create a database to foster greater data gathering and sharing will improve training, analysis of locations with multiple calls and enforcement through successful prosecution and protective order enforcement. As demands for services increase for people trying to escape domestic violence, so do the funding challenges for service providers. In this year's report summary, 38 percent of service providers reported funding shortages in '10 compared with 29 percent in 2009.