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Lawmakers Renew Call for Program To Protect Domestic Violence Victims’ Information

State leaders are reviving their call to protect victims of domestic abuse by allowing them to keep their addresses confidential. 

They believe the attention to domestic violence issues in the National Football Leauge could help their cause. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The address confidentiality program would allow domestic violence victims to vote without publicly disclosing where they live. Democratic Senator Nina Turner of Cleveland—who’s running for secretary of state—says victims are afraid of being tracked down by their attackers.

Turner: “No one should have to live with that type of fear and it really is incumbent upon those of us who serve in public service to do everything that we can to help.”

Surveillance video showing NFL star Ray Rice punching a woman—who was his fiancé at the time and is now his wife—has sparked a renewed national discourse on domestic violence.

Lawmakers have tried to push this program for nearly five years.

Turner and Democratic Representative Kathleen Clyde of Kent believe the attention created by Rice’s attack and other reports of domestic violence in the NFL will generate the extra support they need.

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