Domestic Violence

Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) with fellow Democratic House and Senate members.
Andy Chow

Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) says her high-profile domestic violence bill is gaining momentum in the Ohio House. The bipartisan piece of legislation known as "Aisha's Law" looks to overhaul the way communities and law enforcement respond to reports of assault.

There were 21 bills that state lawmakers managed to the governor's desk for his signature. However, there are many other bills that received a lot of attention this year but are still waiting in the wings for 2020.

House, Senate Democrats hold press conference to talk about the importance of bills that address domestic violence.
Andy Chow

Ohio House and Senate Democrats are calling on legislative leaders to pass a slew of bills they believe will reduce domestic violence and protect victims.

In February, Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced Aisha's Law, along with several of  the bill's co-sponsors.
Andy Chow

Former state lawmaker and Cuyahoga County judge Lance Mason is facing a life sentence next month after pleading guilty yesterday to the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife Aisha Fraser in November. Her murder prompted a bipartisan bill that seeks to better protect victims of domestic violence.

Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) with fellow Democratic House and Senate members.
Andy Chow

Ohio lawmakers want to overhaul the way the state deals with domestic violence cases by activating a network of support once a call is made to police.

Andy Chow

Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order that extends protections and access to resources for victims of domestic violence. The order includes protections to victims in dating relationships and intimate relationships. 

Dan Konik

Gov. John Kasich has signed into law a bill that strengthens Ohio’s domestic violence laws by closing loopholes and allowing victims access to more services. 

Ohio Senate

A central Ohio lawmaker wants to try again to make tougher penalties for violent assaults of strangulation. The state senator believes this could lead to fewer domestic violence deaths.

Surrounded by Judy Malinowski's family and supporters of the bill
Karen Kasler

Gov. John Kasich has formally signed what’s become known as “Judy’s Law.” It is legislation named for a Columbus woman that imposes longer prison sentences on attackers who intentionally disfigure their victims by using accelerants to set them on fire.  And this law might not be the last to crack down on domestic violence.

Ohio House

A bill to crack down on violence committed in dating relationships has passed the House  unanimously.

Jo Ingles

A northeast Ohio man who’s accused of shooting and killing his wife and then himself had been ordered by a judge to stay away from her after threatening to kill her. Now some Democratic state lawmakers are urging passage of a bill they say would make it harder for people convicted of domestic violence to own guns.

Andy Chow

Officials say Ohio’s laws on domestic violence are outdated. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- they have an idea to bring the state in step with modern day relationships.