Current policies supported by YWCA Dayton
If you are interested in supporting any of the pieces of legislation endorsed by YWCA Dayton, follow the links below each bill, which take you to its official legislative website. There, you can learn the status of the bill and determine who you can contact to voice your support.
Ohio House Bill 1: This bill intends to close a loophole in Ohio domestic violence law by allowing victims of dating violence to obtain civil protective orders against their abuser.
Why does YWCA Dayton support it? Currently, Ohio is one of only two states (the other is Georgia) to not offer specific legal options, such as protection orders, for victims of dating violence. Expanding protection orders to those in dating relationships makes it easier to prove ongoing abusive behaviors, addresses intimate partner violence earlier in relationships, and expands resources for those who experience dating violence – often, young women between 18-24.
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Ohio Senate Bill 7: This bill aims to amend the Ohio revised code to specify that a person does not need to be formally served with a protection order or consent agreement to be convicted of violating the order. In order to prosecute someone under this law, the prosecution must prove that the individual had actual notice of the order or agreement and recklessly violated it.
Why does YWCA Dayton support it? This piece of legislation arms victims of domestic violence with protection orders on issuance and empowers them to formally notify their perpetrators of the order if they are approached, rather than having to rely on the state.
Update 6/21/17: SB 7 passed both the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives!
Ohio Senate Bill 150: This legislation aims to amend the Ohio revised code to prohibit a person convicted of domestic violence or assault of a family member, or a person subject to certain protection orders, from having a firearm, and to establish a procedure for surrendering all firearms in that person's possession.
Why does YWCA Dayton support it? 26 states and Washington, D.C., already have laws that prohibit people who have either been convicted of domestic violence or are subject to a domestic violence restraining order from owning firearms. The laws passed by those states have reduced gun violence against women, as the presence of a gun in a situation of intimate partner violence makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed.
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