Holmes 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

State Reps. Glenn W. Holmes (D-McDonald) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) today announced the recent House passage of House Bill (HB) 1, a bipartisan legislation to modernize Ohio’s domestic violence laws. Joint-sponsored by Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and Rep. 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.

“As a father and a grandfather, I am glad to see the legislature modernize our domestic violence laws,” said Holmes. “Violence against women cannot be tolerated, and the perpetrator should always be held accountable. I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation that will protect thousands of vulnerable Ohioans.”

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 yesterday 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.

“This legislation is long overdue. There have been far too many tragic events that might possibly been avoided had this legislation been in place,” said Patterson. “I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for passing this important measure.”  

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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