Yes, really. Domestic violence is no longer a crime in the city of Topeka. And – like so many bizarre and dangerous decisions being made around the country these days – it’s because of the budget.
Topeka’s city council found itself unable to come up with the money to prosecute those charged with domestic violence, a budget shortfall of about $1 million for the upcoming year.
A survivor speaks out about teen dating violence in the famous TedTalks series.
March 9th 2010
Ohio Senate Passes Dating Violence Protection Bill
Ohio Senators have unanimously passed a House bill that would allow juvenile courts to issue protection orders for minors in dating relationships.
The Ohio House of Representatives is expected to concur Wednesday. The legislation would then go to Gov. Ted Strickland, who is expected to sign it.
The bill was inspired in part by the plight of Cleveland teen Johanna Orozco, who was shot in the face by her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend in 2007 has had numerous operations. Orozco wanted to get a protection order, but Ohio juvenile courts cannot issue them against minors.
An advocacy group said in a national survey last year that only a handful of states have laws enabling minors the same protection order rights as adults.
This was Ohio in 2010! It’ll be interesting to follow-up with them to see how effective the law has changed since then.