Rep. Lepore-Hagan Applauds House Passage Of Aisha's Law To Protect Domestic Violence Victims
Passage comes as domestic violence on the rise amid COVID-19 lockdown
 
 

COLUMBUS—Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today applauded the passage of Aisha’s Law, Democratic priority legislation sponsored by Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) that would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and provide added protections for those in high-risk situations. Democrats say the bill’s passage comes at a critical time as prolonged isolation during the state’s stay-at-home order has led to a spike in domestic violence cases.


“Aisha’s Law will support families who are in abusive situations and the law enforcement officers who respond to help,” Rep. Lepore-Hagan said. “I am proud to co-sponsor this legislation, vote yes, and do everything I can to support domestic violence victims in the state of Ohio.”


Aisha’s Law would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and create a continuum of protections for victims of domestic violence that are in extreme risk and lethal situations. The bill is named for Aisha Fraser, a former Shaker Heights, Ohio sixth-grade teacher who was brutally murdered by her ex-husband, former state Rep. Lance Mason, in Nov. 2018 following years of domestic abuse.


Aisha’s Law now moves to the Senate for consideration.


Rep. Lepore-Hagan has introduced several pieces of legislation to respond to domestic violence including HB 335 with Rep. Boyd and HB 351 with Representative Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo). HB 335 will require the surrender of firearms for those subjected to certain protection orders. HB 351 will allow victims of domestic violence or sexual assault to terminate their lease agreements harm free.


If you are a survivor of domestic violence looking for resources and referrals in Ohio, you can visit ODVN.org or call 614-781-9651.


If you are in an emergency, call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.


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