COLUMBUS—State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) applauds the Ohio House’s passage of legislation that provides intimate partner violence victims with further protections under Ohio law. 


As the first bill introduced in the 132nd General Assembly, House Bill 1 allows individuals who were harmed by an intimate partner, or someone they are dating, to obtain a civil protective order against their attacker. Ohio is one of only two states in the nation that does not offer this protection, and the Ohio House took steps to ensure that these victims have the resources needed to protect themselves.


“HB 1 allows victims to have another means to protect themselves against their attackers,” said Rep Anielski. “As the bill moves to the Senate, Ohio hopefully will soon be with the rest of the states to have HB 1 as a resource.”


House Bill 1 would allow victims of dating violence to petition the court for a civil protection order. Under current law, committed relationships in which the individuals do not reside in the same home or share a child in common are not covered under the law. However, the bill allows vulnerable victims in these instances to file for a protection order similar to protection orders pertaining to domestic violence. By updating the statute, Ohio is taking steps to protect victims of abuse in dating situations and to prevent future harm.


House Bill 1 passed the House with overwhelming support and will now head to the Senate for further consideration.


 

 
 
 
  
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