Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) voted today in favor of Aisha’s Law, Democratic priority legislation sponsored by Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) that would better protect the safety and security for those in high-risk situations for domestic violence. Aisha’s Law would improve how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and provide added protections for those in high-risk situations.
“Domestic Violence continues to plague Ohio, and thousands of women and men are at risk each day. Aisha’s Law protects survivors of domestic violence and enhances our criminal laws to punish perpetrators,” said Rep. Sobecki. “With the passage of Aisha’s Law, lawmakers took a step forward to bring survivors of domestic violence out of the shadows and provide them the support they deserve.”
HB 3 was initially unveiled as bipartisan priority legislation in the 133rd General Assembly, and was passed by the Ohio House on May 20, 2020. Aisha’s Law is named after Aisha Fraser, who was brutally killed on Nov. 17, 2018 by her ex-husband Lance Mason following years of domestic violence.
Key provisions of Aisha’s Law would add strangulation to Ohio’s definition of domestic violence, allow individuals to request temporary emergency protection orders after hours, require evidence-based lethality assessment screening tools for law enforcement agencies, and increase training for police officers on how to respond to domestic violence calls, among other changes to ensure the safety and security of all Ohioans.
Aisha’s Law now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.
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.