CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Domestic violence victims in Ohio will soon have another law on their side.
A new state bill would strengthen protection orders and how offenders are prosecuted. Ohio Senate Bill 7 will allow offenders to be prosecuted if they knowingly violate protection orders.
This bill is now headed to Gov. John Kasich's desk.
Advocates say this enforcement is really needed.
A lot of times, protection orders are a legal way to protect victims from their abusers. But right now offenders cannot be prosecuted if they knowingly violated a protection order.
State Sen. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) sponsored the bill that will change that. She says it closes loop holes in the current law.
Cleveland 19 caught up with Julie Legget with the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center to get her reaction. She was at a fundraiser in Cleveland on Thursday for domestic violence victims called "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."
"Domestic violence is really about power and control. And not following that directive is just a way of more power and control. So the fact that they can be prosecuted for it is a huge victory in how we look at domestic violence," Legget said.
Men put on high heels Thursday evening to literally "walk a mile in her shoes" in the Warehouse District of Cleveland. They helped raise money to provide resources and support to victims.
Several men from a team with Ford showed they're "man enough" to walk a mile in her shoes.
"A little uncomfortable but I think we'll manage," said Chris Barnes.
"Women walk miles in them every day, it's my turn," said Kevin Heck.
Heck says the walk is a fun way to bring attention to a tough topic.
"A lot of people go unnoticed in the world and suffer. Here's an opportunity to hopefully make a little bit of a difference," he said.
According to the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, domestic violence affects one in four women here in the U. S. and one in seven men. The Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center pairs victims with advocates to help them get help.
They say the first step is knowing you have a place to turn to. You can call their 24-hour hotline at 216-691-HELP.