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Gross Supports Passage of Domestic Violence Legislation

October 29, 2021
Jennifer Gross News

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jennifer Gross (R-West Chester) announced her support of two pieces of legislation passed by the Ohio House earlier this week increasing protections for victims of domestic violence in Ohio. 

“I applaud the Ohio House for the overwhelming support shown for domestic violence victims through these crucial pieces of legislation,” said Gross. “Every day, thousands of Ohioans are at risk because of domestic violence, and it’s so important that we are actively supporting legislation that advocates for the protection of our citizens.”

Gross is a co-sponsor of House Bill 3, also known as Aisha’s Law, which passed with a vote of 92-4 on Wednesday. The legislation helps protect victims of domestic violence that are in extreme risk and lethal situations. 

Additionally, Gross supported the passage of House Bill 254, legislation which establishes domestic violence fatality review boards throughout the state, tailored to meet each county and region’s needs. H.B. 254 passed in the House with a vote of 94-2.

Earlier this month, Gross emphasized the importance of recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), and drew attention to Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s (ODVN) annual event at the Capitol. At the event, ODVN released their sixth annual domestic violence report, revealing a 20% increase in fatalities due to domestic violence in Ohio. 

“I was thrilled to see an increase in funding for ODVN from the state’s operating budget this year, and I so appreciate the work they do for Ohioans,” said Gross. “I will continue to fight for domestic violence prevention and advocate for victims across our state through solid legislation and supporting organizations like ODVN.”

H.B. 3 and H.B. 254 will now head to the Senate for further consideration.