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SR: Stopping Violence In The Cards

There’s new hope for victims of domestic violence in Idaho. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the Idaho Sheriff’s Association have begun issuing wallet-size “Hope Cards” to people who have obtained long-term civil protection orders against spouses, former spouses, stalkers or anyone else. On the front are the names of those being protected, the court that issued the order, the order number and the date it was issued. On the back is the name of the person ordered to stay away from the holder, a date of birth, physical description and, most importantly, a picture. Court-issued paperwork is far less convenient and far less useful because it lacks a photograph/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here. (Photo: front of Hope Card, issued by state of Montana)

 

Question: Do you know someone who could use a “Hope Card” for protection?

Montana Offers Restraining Order Cards

Montana has become the first state to offer the “Hope Card,” a wallet-sized card that will be carried by someone who has been granted a restraining order. The card contains information about the person who has been granted the permanent order of protection and who is restrained by it. It will include the restrained person’s photo, name, birth date and other identifying information along with details on those who are protected, including children. Local law enforcement and victim advocates joined Attorney General Steve Bullock today to announce the new program/Angela Brandt, Helena Independent-Record. More here.

Question: Should Idaho also offer the “Hope Card” for individuals who have been granted a restraining order?

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