Indiana is the third state to start a new program that allows anyone with a valid, long-term order of protection (12 months or more) for domestic violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault, to request a card that summarizes the order’s most important details.
The Hope Card Program was made possible by a collaborative effort of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General and the HopeLine® from Verizon Program. The Hope Card provides law enforcement with critical information regarding an order of protection, in case of potential violation of an order.
Becky Anglin, coordinator of the Warsaw Police Department’s Victim Services program, is now a certified advocate, which allows her to submit requests for Hope Cards to the Attorney General’s office when requested by petitioners. Contact Anglin at (574) 372-9539 or [email protected].
Hope Cards are free for the petitioner named in the protection order. The laminated card, similar in size and shape to a credit card, contains essential information about a civil protection order. It includes: issue date and expiration date of the order, terms of the order, a color photograph (when available) and identifying characteristics of the person being ordered to “stay away.”