Huffman, Manning Bill Expanding Assistance for Victims of Violent Crime Approved by Senate
COLUMBUS - State Senator Steve Huffman
(R-Tipp City) and Nathan Manning
(R-North Ridgeville) today announced the passage of Senate Bill 36, which expands eligibility for financial help available for victims of violent crime. The bill also simplifies the application process.
The program is focused on those who suffered severe trauma that affects their ability to participate in normal daily life. These cases involve homicides, sexual assaults and other crimes resulting in a permanent injury.
"Those who have experienced severe trauma from violent crimes, such as those impacted by Dayton's Oregon District shooting in 2019, deserve our help and support as they grapple with those unimaginable events," said Huffman, sponsor of Senate Bill 36. "Their pain still weighs heavily on my heart, and it is my hope that this legislation will aid them in their recovery."
Senate Bill 36 expands the definition of a victim to include a family member who was either a witness to a crime or arrived at the crime scene in the immediate aftermath. The bill also expands the definition to include caretakers of a dependent victim of sexual assault.
For more information on Senate Bill 36, click here