The Domestic Violence Act, Amended Substitute House Bill 835, which passed in March of 1979, provided, for the first time in Ohio, both civil and criminal remedies for the victims of domestic violence.

This article will examine the civil remedies and offer compelling practical reasons why the civil remedy benefits a large number of victims. The judiciary bears a critical role in affording adequate legal protection to victims of domestic violence. It is this aspect, the role of the Referees and Judges and the problems they face in the application of the legislation in Common Pleas Court, that is the primary focus of this article.

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