by Hannah McCartney
Four sitting bills would offer amped-up victim protection
Two bills discussed today at a hearing of the Ohio House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee would, if passed, offer greater protections to victims of domestic violence and extend them more legal rights to protect their employment, housing and financial livelihood.Those bills will join H.B. 243 and H.B. 160, which are still awaiting hearings before the judiciary committee and would, respectively, require individuals served with temporary protection orders to surrender their firearms and offer legal protection to the pets of domestic violence victims — often cited as a reason victims have difficulty leaving a violent situation. Most significant are the changes that would be implemented by H.B. 297, first introduced to the Ohio House in October by Reps. Ann Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati). The bill outlines new legal protections for domestic violence victims who need to terminate a rental agreement or take unpaid leave at work in order to deal with domestic violence incidences. Under the bill, victims of domestic violence would be legally protected against termination at work and have the ability to dissolve a rental lease if the tenant has been a victim of domestic violence. The bill would also prohibit landlords from kicking out tenants because they've been victims of domestic violence at the residence and requires them to comply with requests to change locks when a tenant has been a victim of stalking or menacing. H.B. 309, also introduced in October, by Reps. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) and Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood), would dissolve any charges related to modifications made to a domestic violence, anti-stalking or other type of protection order or consent agreementIn August, CityBeat spoke with domestic violence victim Andrea Metil, who talked about her personal experiences with legal trip-ups that made protecting herself from her attacker difficult. Metil called for stronger legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. This is the first hearing for both of the bills.
4 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin will go to jail for something.We just do not know yet exactly what the charge will be. This is the O.J. Factor.
How legal barriers are putting domestic violence victims in more danger
11 Comments · Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Andrea Metil had never heard of Columbus
resident Shasta Pickens before this July, and she certainly had no idea
an Ohio Supreme Court case in which Pickens was involved would change
1 Comment · Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Every single time Carol and Clyde or Rob
and Cammy blankly read the teleprompter, telling us of yet another
black-on-black murder, then move to the weather or traffic, I sit
quietly devastated. I am not ashamed to tell you that sometimes I cry.
by Kevin Osborne
Other winners include U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
A well-known Cincinnati philanthropist
is among four people selected to receive the first-ever Women of Distinction
Award by the national YWCA.
Francie Pepper is being
recognized for her years of work in support of issues involving women, girls
and racial justice.
Pepper has served on the
board of the Cincinnati YWCA since 1996, and also served as chair of its board
from 2000-04. She has played a critical role for women who have experienced
domestic violence, co-chairing a YWCA capital campaign that raised $7.5 million
for a larger shelter that tripled the agency’s capacity to serve battered women
and their children so they wouldn’t have to be put on a waiting list.
Also, some campaign funds
were used to restore the YWCA’s historic headquarters, located on Walnut Street
downtown, add a childcare center to the facility.
Further, Pepper has volunteered
for numerous organizations and causes in Greater Cincinnati, and her work in
support of domestic violence awareness programs has gotten national
recognition. She is a major supporter of the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith
College, an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives,
photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history, including
all of the YWCA’s historical files.
Francie Pepper is the wife of
John Pepper, who previously served as the chairman of the board at both Procter
& Gamble and The Walt Disney Co.; she is the mother of David Pepper, a
former Cincinnati city councilman and Hamilton County commissioner.
The Women of Distinction
Award, bestowed by the YWCA USA, honors professional women from the private and
public sectors across the United States who have demonstrated excellence,
leadership and integrity in their fields and in the community, serving as role
models for other successful women.
Nominations from YWCAs across
the United States were solicited to find leaders whose work has made an impact
on women’s economic empowerment and racial justice.
Other award recipients this
• Congresswoman Gabrielle
Giffords (D-Ariz.), who survived an assassination attempt in January 2011, and
is recovering from her injuries;
• Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth,
an Iraq War veteran and ex-Army helicopter pilot who combat wounds led to the
amputation of her legs and cost her the use of her right arm; and• Elouise Cobell, a Native
American leader who challenged the United States' mismanagement of trust funds
belonging to more than 500,000 individual Native Americans, leading to a $3.4