Is Ohio doing enough to prevent domestic violence in 2020?

By Melissa Martin

Eighty-one Ohioans died from domestic abusers in 2018 and 75 percent of those cases involved a firearm, according to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s annual list of fatalities. The data is for the 12 months that ended June 30.

In 2018, there were 75,466 calls to police about domestic violence statewide, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

Ohio Domestic Violence Resources

The Ohio Family Violence Prevention Center serves as an information clearinghouse for public and private organizations providing assistance to victims. FVPC offers victim advocacy, resources and referrals, organizing workshops, giving presentations and conducting research on family violence and its impact on communities. FVPC promotes awareness, intervention and prevention of domestic violence and family violence-related issues in Ohio. Visit

Ohio Domestic Violence Law, 2019-2020 edition—Baldwin’s Ohio Handbook Series. A practical guide for law enforcement officials, family practitioners, social workers, judges, prosecutors, police, and defense attorneys, Ohio Domestic Violence Law covers Ohio civil and criminal laws governing domestic violence. It discusses current issues and emerging trends, with references to applicable state and federal statutes, rules, and case law. It includes: A question-and-answer format, checklists, interview formats, charts, sample questions, a sample brief, and other aids, analysis of civil protection orders, including issuance, hearings, court and police enforcement, and criminal protection orders, full text of selected provisions of the Ohio Revised Code and selected Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts, analysis and commentary and proven strategies for safe intervention on behalf of victims and steps to safeguard the constitutional rights of the accused.

The Ohio Men’s Action Network (OHMAN) is a network of men and women, as individuals and as representatives of local and state organizations, working to engage men and boys in efforts to prevent sexual violence; sexual exploitation; domestic, intimate partner, family and relationship violence and to promote equitable, nonviolent relationships and a culture free of oppression. We seek to create and support communities where all people can live free of violence within their relationships, and share in their commitment to respect, safety, and equality.

The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) is a statewide coalition of domestic violence programs, supportive agencies and concerned individuals working to end domestic violence. The organization serves as a resource for victims and survivors through their toll free information and referral line, comprehensive website, and numerous resource materials, including an online Shelter and Program Referral List by county. Visit

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) is a statewide organization that provides comprehensive individual and community programs for advocacy and support to LGBTQI survivors of intimate partner violence. Visit

The Ohio Department of Health developed a web-based training in partnership with the Ohio Department of Administrative Services for educating state employees about domestic violence and its impact on the workplace. Policy was updated to reflect Governor DeWine’s Executive Order 2019-09D, Workplace Domestic Violence Policy in State Government.

In 2019, Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order that extends protections and access to resources for victims of domestic violence. The order includes protections to victims in dating relationships and intimate relationships.

The National Standards Campaign-Ohio branch developed the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Ohio Domestic Violence Protocol for Health Care Providers: Standards of Care. This protocol has been endorsed by the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), the Ohio Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA), and the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

The Animal Welfare Institute developed a publication entitled, Representing Domestic Violence Survivors with Pets in Ohio: A Manual for Domestic Violence Attorneys & Advocates Helping Survivors Obtain Protection Orders. “Domestic abusers harm pets and service animals just as they physically harm their partners and children. Animal abuse can become part of the cycle of power and control, as abusers use pets to prevent their victims from leaving or seeking help.”

Per the Domestic Violence Report Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation Domestic Violence Incidents (DVI) by County and Agency in 2018, Scioto County, Ohio, had 185 DVI’s; 50 other incident charges; and 76 no charge incidents.

Is Scioto County doing enough to prevent domestic violence in 2020?

By Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin, Ph.D. is an author, columnist, educator, and therapist. She lives in Scioto County.

Melissa Martin, Ph.D. is an author, columnist, educator, and therapist. She lives in Scioto County.