Kentucky, the last Ohio border state to expand protections, signed a domestic violence modernization bill into law last year.

The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.

The bill, sponsored by Sykes (D-Akron) and Christie Kuhns (D-Cincinnati), will allow victims of domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker, Sykes wrote.

If enacted, HB 392 will close a loophole in existing state law that leaves thousands of Ohioans without recourse in the event of domestic violence, Sykes added.

Just because it’s not physical doesn’t mean it’s not abuse.

“Leaving an unhealthy relationship isn’t easy, and sometimes it takes time to recognize you’re in an abusive situation.

So, reach out to your friends, talk to your loved ones, and listen if others warn you.

Do what you can to protect yourself, because even if you might not feel like it right now, you’re worth protecting.” COLUMBUS - Sponsors say this legislation will close a loophole that leaves victims vulnerable to intimate partner violence.

Right now, Ohio only defines domestic violence as occurring between spouses, family members, those cohabiting, or parents.

People in ongoing, substantial, intimate and romantic relationships are not included in Ohio’s definition.