domestic violence

 A brain-scanning MRI machine at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Keith Srakocic / Associated Press

A study from the Ohio State University and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network has found domestic violence survivors frequently experience head injuries that lead to ongoing health issues.

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has removed himself from consideration to permanently lead the Defense Department.

Weapons for sale at Mad River Armory and Range in Springfield.
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The City of Columbus has won a federal grant to enforce gun laws and prevent homicides between intimate partners.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The Columbus City Attorney and U.S. Attorney announced three indictments Tuesday as part of a new effort to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

Zach Smith
Delaware County Jail

Former Ohio State University assistant football coach Zach Smith is back in trouble with the law, this time for allegedly violating a civil protection order.

Domestic violence is common among adults, and women are most frequently the victims. In fact, nearly half of women killed by homicide in the United States are killed by their former or current intimate partners.

Now a new study finds that this kind of violence also poses a risk to the lives of adolescent girls.

The study found that of the more than 2,000 adolescents killed between 2003 and 2016, nearly 7 percent — 150 teens — were killed by their current or former intimate partners.

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The House of Representatives approved legislation renewing the Violence Against Women Act with new provisions that restrict gun ownership and expand transgender rights.

The National Rifle Association opposed the bill — putting GOP lawmakers in a tough position of voting against a measure protecting victims of domestic and sexual violence or opposing the politically powerful gun lobby.

The vote was 263 to 158, with 33 Republicans joining all but one Democrat to pass the measure. One GOP member voted present.

Rep. Janine Boyd (at podium) touted a similar bill in last year's state congressional session that failed to pass.
JO INGLES / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio lawmakers want to overhaul the way the state deals with domestic violence cases by activating a network of support once a call is made to police.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discusses an executive order extending domestic violence protections as Sen. Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) look on.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

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 new CHOICES domestic violence shelter which opened in January and can accomodate up to 120 people and currently has a waitlist of more than 40 people.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Domestic violence survivors in Franklin County only have one place to go if they need to seek refuge: a shelter called CHOICES. For the last 40 years, CHOICES has been operating out of an old house from the early 1900s.

 In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Amazon Echo Spots are displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the company, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

Earlier this month, Powell Police released hundreds of pages of records related to the case of Ohio State football coach Zach Smith and his ex-wife Courtney. One detail that arose from the files was apparent cyberstalking, when the email account for a security camera in Courtney Smith's condominium was deactivated without her knowledge, while a hidden camera was found inside.

Supporters of a bill that reform payday lending gather at the Ohio Statehouse.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Controversial bills involving abortion, gun rights and pay raises for elected officials passed by lawmakers during the lame duck session. Some might be vetoed by Gov. John Kasich, and the legislature might come back after Christmas to override them.

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government, which is affecting more than 800,000 federal workers and numerous government agencies, also has consequences for the Violence Against Women Act, which expired at midnight on Friday.

Separately, both the House and the Senate passed spending deals that included clauses that would have extended VAWA until Feb. 8.

But because the law's future became inextricably tied to the larger budget debate, which hinges on a dispute between Democrats and Republicans over funding for a border wall, it was not reauthorized.

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights, and numerous people in Northeast Ohio’s legal and political world wrote in support of Lance Mason as he faced legal consequences for a 2014 attack on his wife, Aisha Fraser.

Mason was arrested this weekend in connection with Fraser’s fatal stabbing. Shaker Heights police have charged him with felonious assault, saying he rammed a police cruiser with his car. Police say more charges are coming.

In this Sept. 17, 2016, file photo, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, right, and then-assistant coach Zach Smith, left, gesture from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Former Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith reached a settlement in his criminal trespass case on Tuesday.