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Posted by saviadmin on Oct 29, 2014

Smoking During Pregnancy Declining in Marion County

By Michelle Jones, GIS Analyst, The Polis Center

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy not only put themselves at risk, but also the baby. Many health problems have been linked to mothers who smoke during pregnancy. These include infants with low birth weight, premature birth, still birth, and pregnancy complications. While smoking while pregnant in Indiana remains higher than the national average, the percentage of mothers who smoke during pregnancy is decreasing. In 2008, 19% of mothers reported smoking in Indiana, and in 2012 it dropped to 16.5%. The national average was 10% in 2008 and dropped to 9% in 2012.

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Posted by saviadmin on Oct 22, 2014

Domestic Violence in the Criminal Justice System: Marion County, IN

Report published April 2014

Overview

Up to now, it has been very difficult to generate statistics describing the state of domestic violence in Marion County. This report presents the findings of a feasibility study conducted by The Polis Center at IUPUI for the Domestic Violence Network to link data from four sources that collect information on victims and perpetrators of domestic violence in the legal system, including The Julian Center, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana Supreme Court. The purpose of the project was to demonstrates the feasibility of integrating the domestic violence data, given the quality and incompleteness of some of the required data sets, and to
determine what analysis and reporting are possible given these limitations. Data had to be cleaned and standardized to ensure comparability across the data sets, and an algorithm was developed to identify unique individuals across all data sets.

The result is a report of statistics representing the picture of domestic violence for incidents where the legal system is involved. This does not count all of the incidents that go un-reported.

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Posted by saviadmin on Oct 10, 2014

Food Insecurity in the Eleven Central Counties of Indiana

SAVI’s recently released report, “Hunger in Central Indiana” provides comprehensive data and reveals trends to help increase community awareness on the pressing issue of food insecurity and also facilitate discourse about the need for food assistance. The below infographic best visualizes food insecurity in Central Indiana, providing figures for food insecurity rates and counts, assistance eligibility, and meal cost for Indiana’s 11 central counties. Take a look!

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