INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —
Domestic violence victim advocates and some lawmakers say an Indiana bill
will allow victims to regain some power by giving them a way to legally
separate their cellphone plan from their abuser.
The proposal allows
victims of domestic abuse, child abuse or harassment who obtain a protection
order to also ask the court to transfer sole control of the account and
phone number to them.
Bill sponsor Sen. Erin Houchin of Salem said Thursday it would allow people
to keep their phone number and maintain connection to their support network.
Advocates say it
gives victims a "new tool" to keep some control. It also prevents the abuser
from tracking locations.
unanimously approved the bill and it is scheduled for a House committee
hearing later this month.