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Rep. Crawley applauds House passage of Aisha's Law to protect domestic violence victims

Passage comes as domestic violence on the rise amid COVID-19 lockdown
May 20, 2020
Erica C. Crawley News

COLUMBUS—Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) today applauded the passage of Aisha’s Law, Democratic priority legislation sponsored by Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) that would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and provide added protections for those in high-risk situations. Democrats say the bill’s passage comes at a critical time as prolonged isolation during the state’s stay-at-home order has led to a spike in domestic violence cases.

"I am proud to stand next to my colleagues with the passage of Aisha’s law. In 2018, over 65,000 Ohioans were victims of domestic violence. Tragically, Aisha was one of those victims who lost her life. The current health crisis has placed victims at home with their abusers and the cases of domestic violence are likely to rise,” said Crawley. “This law is one positive step toward decreasing the number of lives lost at the hands of domestic violence and ensuring victims are protected and have the resources they need.”

Aisha’s Law would change how law enforcement agencies respond to domestic violence cases and create a continuum of protections for victims of domestic violence that are in extreme risk and lethal situations. The bill is named for Aisha Fraser, a former Shaker Heights, Ohio sixth-grade teacher who was brutally murdered by her ex-husband, former state Rep. Lance Mason, in Nov. 2018 following years of domestic abuse.

Aisha’s Law now moves to the Senate for consideration.

If you are a survivor of domestic violence looking for resources and referrals in Ohio, you can visit ODVN.org or call 614-781-9651.

If you are in an emergency, call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

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