Bacon presents Ohio Domestic Violence Network Executive Director Nancy Neylon with Senate recognition to honor organization's achievements

COLUMBUS -State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) on Tuesday joined statewide anti-domestic violence advocates in recognizing the Ohio Domestic Violence Network for its outstanding awareness efforts around the state.

"The Ohio Domestic Violence Network deserves our highest praise for its commitment to helping victims of domestic violence," said Bacon, who spoke today at a Statehouse press conference to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. "The consequences of domestic violence are felt in every community in our state, and we need to continue our efforts to help victims."

Bacon presented a letter of commendation to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, a statewide advocacy group comprised of over 70 shelters and rape crisis centers around the state.

As a member of the Ohio Senate, Bacon has sponsored several bills aimed at serving victims of domestic violence. In 2012, Governor Kasich signed Roberta's Law, which Bacon sponsored to notify victims of violent crime when their offender was up for parole or early release. Last year the Senate passed Senate Bill 76, sponsored by Bacon to protect victims of domestic violence by ensuring that offenders who avoid service of a protection order and knowingly violate the terms of that order can be prosecuted. The bill is currently under consideration in the Ohio House.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed in Ohio and throughout the country every October with the purpose of raising awareness and connecting advocates who are working to end violence.

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