Ohio Lawmakers Push to Curb Teen Dating Violence

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's top law enforcement officer and state lawmakers are pushing legislation to crack down on teen dating violence.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they want to allow juvenile courts to issue protection orders for minors involved in a dating relationship.

Another bill would establish school programs about teen dating violence.

The bills are inspired in part by Johanna Orozco, a Cleveland teenager who was shot in the face by her ex-boyfriend in 2007 after she broke up with him. She's had 12 surgeries.

Orozco wanted to get a protection order when he stalked her, but juvenile courts can't issue such orders against minors.

The bill to change the law passed the house last year but stalled in the senate.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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