Domestic violence cases seem to becoming more common nationwide. Changes in Ohio law regarding domestic violence and increased awareness campaigns in the state are showing that while the number of reported domestic violence cases may not be decreasing, they are certainly not going up either. The educational programs in particular can give victims the courage they need to report the incident and end the cycle of abuse.
In 2005, Ohio law regarding domestic violence was changed and now requires offenders to come before a judge to review individual circumstances and risks before setting bond. In 2009, a law was signed that requires middle and high schools to teach violence prevention education in health classes. Nonprofit organizations as well as victim advocates are also available to educate and raise awareness for domestic violence issues.