Ramos Announces Bipartisan Bill To Modernize State Domestic Violence Laws Clears Ohio House
Ohio could join 48 states in protecting victims of dating violence under HB 1
March 02, 2017
 
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State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today announced the recent House passage of House Bill (HB) 1, bipartisan legislation to modernize Ohio’s domestic violence laws. Joint-sponsored by Reps. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and Nathan Manning (R-N. Ridgeville), HB 1 will allow victims of dating violence to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker, a protection currently allowed in every state except Ohio and Georgia.


“I’m delighted to be a cosponsor on this important bill,” said Ramos. “It’s a travesty, frankly, that it hasn’t happened already. I hope Senate Leadership calls House Bill 1 for a vote this year, since they failed to do so last year despite unanimous passage out of the House.”


The National Dating Violence Hotline defines intimate partner violence, which includes dating violence, as a repetitive pattern of behaviors – including physical or sexual violence, threats, intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation – used to maintain power and control over an intimate partner.


Current Ohio law only recognizes domestic violence as violence occurring between spouses, those cohabiting or family members. HB 1, which passed the House on Tuesday by a 92-2 vote, will include individuals in ongoing, substantial, intimate and romantic relationships under Ohio’s definition, providing those victims access to essential protection.


Women aged 18 to 34 face the highest rates of intimate partner violence. In the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds.


HB 1 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.


 

 
 
 
  
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