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Oct. 1, 2008
New Brochure Highlights Supreme Court Domestic Violence Program

In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Supreme Court of Ohio today announced a new brochure that outlines the services provided by the Court’s Domestic Violence Program.

Established last year, the program assists and supports local courts by:

In the last year, much of the work of the program has been devoted to establishing relationships with local courts to encourage them to use the domestic violence program as a resource. Program personnel have also been busy updating protection order forms to include the necessary firearms disqualification language and developing recommended practices to assist courts with domestic violence cases.

“The Court has clearly recognized that domestic violence is a major social problem that the judicial system plays an important role in addressing,” said Diana Ramos-Reardon, Domestic Violence Program manager. “Our role is to provide resources to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable.”

The Supreme Court’s involvement in this issue goes well beyond the inception of the Domestic Violence Program. A Court task force issued a 1996 report, “Increasing Safety for Victims, Increasing Accountability of Offenders,” that included 76 recommendations and suggested ways to improve the state’s responses to domestic violence and provided direction to courts, the legislature, social service providers, law enforcement agencies and county domestic violence advisory councils.

Those task force recommendations led to the creation of a Standard Forms Committee, which was charged with recommending uniform domestic violence protection order forms. Realizing that the impact of best practices extended to other domestic violence issues, the Court expanded the scope of the committee to consider a holistic judicial response to domestic violence. As a result, the committee was renamed the Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence in 2006.

Contact: Chris Davey or Bret Crow at 614.387.9250.