State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) voted to support House Bill 3, known as Aisha’s Law, which provides further protections for victims of domestic violence. The bill passed in a bipartisan and unanimous vote yesterday in the Ohio House. Reineke is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

“I am very glad we were able to unite to fight against domestic violence here in Ohio,” said Reineke.

House Bill 3, known as Aisha’s Law, was introduced after Aisha Fisher was repeatedly abused and eventually killed by her ex-husband in front of their small children.

Some provisions within the bill include:

  • Allows law enforcement, with the consent of a domestic violence victim, to request an emergency protection order from a judge anytime the court is not open for regular business;

  • Requires the court to issue an emergency protection order if there is probable cause to believe that the victim is in immediate danger based on allegations of recent domestic violence incidents;

  • Expands the offense of domestic violence to include strangulation;

  • Makes an individual eligible for a charge of aggravated murder if the victim was a prior victim of domestic violence at the hand of the perpetrator;

  • Requires high risk victims of domestic violence to be referred to local or regional domestic violence advocacy services;

  • Provides funds for the training of law enforcement to use the newly mandated domestic violence risk assessment tool, which will evaluate both an offender’s risk of re-offending and a victim’s risk of lethal assault; and

  • Creates a study committee on the prosecution of domestic violence cases.

In 2018, the Ohio Attorney General reported that there were a staggering 38,475 domestic violence incident (DVI) charges in the state of Ohio.

Aisha’s Law now moves over to the Senate for further action.

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