Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM
Advocates say domestic violence costs Ohioans an estimated 3.3 billion dollars a year in societal costs. And they say they’ve had some successes in the Statehouse in the last few years – particularly in their fight against teen dating violence.
But Bridget Mahoney with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network says the women – and men – who are victims of abusers need more help, and she has a few suggestions.
“Making sure that protection orders actually get enforced. Housing protection, where a woman shouldn’t be kicked out of her home just because a former boyfriend, an abusive husband shows up on the scene. And she shouldn’t be fired from her work. There should be workplace protection laws,” Mahoney says.
And she says she’s also hoping for a bill that would extend protective orders to cover pets, who she says are often held hostage in domestic violence disputes. 24 other states have similar legislation.
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