IN Bill Would Allow Victims of Domestic Abuse to Separate Cell Phone Plans

The Indiana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow victims of domestic abuse to legally separate their cell phone plan from an abuser.

State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) sponsored the bill. “The bill removes certain obstacles for domestic violence victims who desperately need to separate from their abusive relationships,” said McNamara. “If the abuser is the primary account holder on a shared cell phone plan, they can track call histories, emails and even locations of the victim.”

McNamara said there is currently no standardized process for a victim who is not the primary account holder to separate from a wireless plan they share with their abuser.

The bill would require wireless providers, under a court order, to transfer plans over to abuse victims. Consent of the account holder would not be required.

The legislation also allows judges to include pets as personal property in protective orders for domestic violence.


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