Report published April 2014
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.
By Timothy Gondola, SAVI Intern
Central Indiana’s 11 counties are home to 30% of the state’s 6,537,334 Hoosiers. Of this population, 290,550 (15%) are food insecure.1 The Great Recession and the subsequent sluggish recovery have led to a 30% surge in American households confronting food insecurity, an increase of twelve million people facing hunger from 2007 to 20102. Despite these staggering numbers, most Americans are unaware of the severity of this growing problem. While it may seem that Indiana’s disadvantaged are well taken care of by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly food stamps) and other federal programs, the reality is that this funding, in conjunction with assistance from charitable agencies still does not meet many households’ food needs. Many families face the dilemma of choosing between food and other necessities.
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Sustainable Communities Initiatives supports community-driven efforts to revitalize neighborhoods through comprehensive community development. In 2006, Indianapolis launched the Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative (GINI) to promote healthy communities through comprehensive quality-of-life planning and development. This effort has resulted in several programs and targeted investments in six demonstration sites throughout the city. This report is intended to help local funders, civic and neighborhood leaders, and LISC staff monitor change in these areas of concentrated investment by providing local data and indicators of quality-of-life in one of the six target neighborhoods, West Indianapolis.
Initial Report (Baseline)
SAVI Community Profile (Most Recent Data)
SAVI Community Profile for Target Tracts