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Notice of Victims' Rights

Indiana Code for Domestic Violence Victims

Indiana law criminalizes domestic violence under several sections of the law. Domestic battery pertains specifically to a crime against a "family or household member." Other criminal statutes do not apply exclusively to domestic violence but rather apply to both domestic and non-domestic crimes, such as harassment, criminal trespass, kidnapping, and homicide. For example, a person who causes a victim to feel intimidated by engaging in continual harassment commits the offense of stalking, regardless of whether the victim is a family or household member, neighbor, or co-worker. Similarly, the crime of invasion of privacy applies to violations of domestic violence protection orders, as well as other protection orders, like workplace violence restraining orders.

The Indiana Code contains a definition that identifies "crimes involving domestic or family violence." See Indiana Code 35-31.5-2-76 (2020). These crimes include homicide, kidnapping, sex offenses, robbery, arson, burglary, trespass, intimidation, harassment, voyeurism, stalking, and family offenses, such as bigamy and child neglect. See full Indiana Code here.

Purdue University Victim Rights and Notifications

Purdue University provides written notification to all students and employees of existing services available for victims, both within the institution and within the Greater Lafayette community. Several University entities, including the Purdue University Police Department, the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance, Office of the Dean of Students, Human Resources, and the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE) provide written notification to all student and employee dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking victims. The complete Purdue University Victim Rights and Notifications is available in our annual security reports.