Rep. Cera: 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. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) 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 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“I am pleased to support this bill that closes an outdated legal loophole and offers protection to thousands of vulnerable Ohioans,” said Cera. “This will establish the necessary safeguards citizens need to stop the cycle of domestic violence.”


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.


Women aged 18 to 24 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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