VAP Staffer Testified Before Ohio House Commmittee on Dating Violence Law

A bill that would allow dating violence victims to apply for protection orders against their aggressor passed the Ohio House Feb. 28.

It has been referred to the Senate’s Justice Committee

On Feb. 9, Victim Assistance Program Director of Services Mickey Valdez gave testimony on HB1 before the House Civil Justice Committee

Sponsored by Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and Rep. Nathan H. Manning (R-North Ridgeville), HB 1 would include dating victims as protected partners under the State’s domestic violence civil protection order law.

Mickey told the committee dating violence victims are excluded from the current law because they don’t live with their aggressors.

“. . . dating violence affects victims of all ages including adolescents and college-age adults, a fact that is commonly overlooked and currently unaccounted for in legislation,” Mickey said.

The bill passed in the House Feb. 28.  It was referred to the Senate’s Justice Committee March 7.

You can read Mickey’s testimony here.


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