domestic violence

Advocates: Domestic violence survivors’ safety at risk with anti-abortion messaging, action

BY: - June 24, 2022

Making pregnancy the only option for women in Ohio evokes thoughts of “reproductive coercion” for those who work with domestic violence survivors.  Advocates fighting against domestic violence say the use of pregnancy-only messaging – including calling pregnancy resulting from rape an “opportunity,” as one Ohio abortion bill sponsor did – could keep Ohioans in abusive relationships. […]

Proposed bill would prohibit charging domestic violence victims for calling 911

BY: - April 27, 2022

The following article was originally published on and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   A proposed bill would prevent local governments and law enforcement agencies […]

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Ohio domestic violence survivor fights for more legal protections

BY: - February 28, 2022

The following article was originally published on and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland. The majority of domestic violence survivors in the state reported feeling satisfied […]

Aisha Fraser’s story continues battle through Ohio House

BY: - December 13, 2021

The tragic story of Aisha Fraser floats on as a cautionary tale and call to action on domestic violence for the Ohio legislature, though the bill holding her name has had an uphill battle toward passage. State Rep. Janine Boyd, D-Cleveland Heights, has carried Fraser’s story with her through multiple general assemblies, as she tries […]

‘Aisha’s Law’ on domestic violence passed out of committee

BY: - October 25, 2021

A proposed law named for a Shaker Heights woman who lost her life to domestic violence was approved by a House committee on Thursday. Aisha’s Law was passed out of the House Criminal Justice Committee after receiving even more testimony on its importance, and despite arguments against it by a criminal defense association. The bill […]

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 […]