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Domestic violence grant to help in Ohio custody matters

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A new project is being developed to assist Ohio courts in the matters of parental rights in domestic violence cases. A new project is being developed to assist Ohio courts in the matters of parental rights in domestic violence cases.

State awarded $500,000 to aid judicial decision making in custody cases


COLUMBUS, OH – A new project is being developed to assist Ohio courts in the matters of parental rights in domestic violence cases.
Funding from a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will be used to help develop a tool to enhance judicial decision-making in child custody issues in families with a history of domestic violence. Domestic violence counsel at the Supreme Court of Ohio, Diana Ramos-Reardon, says they are exploring different ways to approach cases of domestic violence than situations involving high-conflict families: "When courts understand that there is domestic violence should the response be different? And if so, how? Are courts then supposed to take other precautions to ensure the safety of that child and also ensure the safety of the non-offending parent?"
While the specifics of the court tool are being developed, Ramos-Reardon says judges, magistrates, attorneys, and victim advocates will be key collaborators in the process. A pilot program is expected in early 2015.
Announcement of the grant comes during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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