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New State Bill Would Overhaul Domestic Violence Resources

Feb 5, 2019

Representative Janine Boyd with fellow Democrats in the Ohio House
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Ohio lawmakers have proposed an overhaul of the way the state deals with domestic violence cases by activating a network of support and resources once police are called. 

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Representative Janine Boyd points out that domestic violence tends to be something that repeats and escalates over time. So Boyd proposes a three-pronged system.

Once police are called to the scene of a domestic violence complaint, law enforcement conducts a screening.

 

If the screening shows a serious problem, a group is tasked with checking in on the alleged offender and victim. And finally, if the offender is charged with a crime and has a history of violence they would not be allowed to plea down to a lesser charge.

 “Victims of abuse, domestic violence deserve to be heard, believed, and ultimately have the opportunity to pursue justice with the support they need to do just that.”

 

The bill is named for Aisha Fraser Mason, who was allegedly killed by her estranged husband Lance Mason, a former judge and state lawmaker.