domestic violence

Public defenders look for changes in domestic violence bill

BY: - May 21, 2021

Lawyers in the state say they support more awareness for domestic violence and consequences for offenders, but want to see changes to the Aisha’s Law, the proposed legislation to bring harsher punishments. Members of state and county public defenders offices and justice organizations presented opposition testimony to House Bill 3, which would expand the legal […]

‘Aisha’s Law’ for domestic violence protections returns to Ohio legislature

BY: - February 26, 2021

Expansions to domestic violence protections have once again returned to the Ohio Statehouse, after passing the House last year but failing to see daylight in the Senate. State Rep. Janine Boyd, D-Cleveland Heights, said in Thursday’s House Criminal Justice Committee that this was the 14th version of the bill attempting to enhance punishments for certain […]

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Aisha’s Law: Law enforcement, survivor urge attention to strangulation in domestic violence bill

BY: - December 7, 2020

Paula Walters spent more than a decade battling health problems before doctors diagnosed the traumatic brain injury resulting from a 2006 night when she was strangled by her abuser. She stood up in front of a recent meeting of the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee begging the members not to stand down from calls to enhance […]

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Domestic violence survivors fear for their lives, but still want to vote

BY: - October 29, 2020

When trying to get away from a violent abuser and keep food on the table, the next election is usually isn’t a priority. For survivors of domestic violence, keeping their identities and locations a secret is vital for their own livelihood. Survivors don’t always think to grab a driver’s license or their latest utility bill […]

‘Aisha’s Law,’ expanding domestic violence penalties, passes Ohio House

BY: - May 25, 2020

As the family of Aisha Fraser looked on, the Ohio House passed a bill in hopes of helping domestic violence victims find help and justice, and honoring the tragically slain elementary school teacher. House Bill 3, to be called Aisha’s Law, passed unanimously, expanding aggravated murder charges to include domestic violence circumstances and creating a […]

Nearly $1 million in grants going to 48 domestic violence shelters across state

BY: - May 5, 2020

Nearly $1 million in grant funding is being distributed to domestic violence shelters and groups across the state of Ohio, Attorney General Dave Yost announced Tuesday. “While we have been asked to stay at home, sometimes home isn’t the safest place,” Yost said in a news release. “Thanks to the General Assembly, this money will […]

Stay-at-home order is a hardship for those living with abusers

BY: - March 31, 2020

Ohio’s coronavirus stay-at-home order can be an inconvenience for people across the state, but for those being subjected to domestic violence, home confinement can add to an already damaging situation. Advocates for domestic violence survivors say they understand the need for Ohioans to stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, but they know there are some […]

Ohio’s exploding vouchers program, a $13 minimum wage and a domestic violence bill

BY: - January 21, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Vouchers. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler is reporting, “Change To Exploding Voucher Program Likely Coming, But Time Is […]

Bipartisan state senators working to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence

BY: - December 6, 2019

Just before Thanksgiving this year, Logan resident Natalie Nutter filed for divorce from her husband, Kevin. Weeks prior, Kevin Nutter, also of Logan, pleaded guilty to violating a protection order Natalie had filed against him, which she’d received after he’d made threats against her and her family. In exchange for his guilty plea, Kevin Nutter […]