COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), co-sponsor of House Bill 1, today announced the unanimous Senate passage of legislation aimed at enhancing protections for individuals who are victims of violence and abuse when they are in a dating relationship with the offender.
"Expanding resources and extending help to all victims in Ohio must continue to be a priority for lawmakers, and the bottom line is that this bill will help to reduce future violent offenses," said Senator Peterson. "We are taking an important step to ensure victims in a dating relationship are afforded the same protections as married victims who find themselves in similar situations."
Provisions of the bill will expand Ohio law to authorize courts to issue domestic violence protection orders to protect a person who is a victim of dating violence in a current or former dating relationship. Those in a committed dating relationship are not currently afforded the same access to civil protection orders, and House Bill 1 seeks to close this loophole.
In addition, Sub. House Bill 1 also provides victims greater access to domestic violence shelters and would add dating violence to the Ohio Attorney General's Victims' Bill of Rights.