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What is Domestic Violence?
According to the Ohio Law revised Code Section 3113.31 “Domestic Violence” means the occurrence of one or more of the following acts against a family or household member:

a) Attempting to cause or recklessly causing bodily injury;

b) Placing another person by threat of force in fear of imminent serious physical harm or committing a violation of section 2903.211 (menacing by stalking) or 2911.211 (aggravated trespass) of the Revised Code;

c) Committing any act with respect to a child that would result in the child being an abused child, as defined in section 2151.031 (standard for child abuse) of the revised Code;

d) Committing a sexually oriented offense.


“Family or household member” means any of the following:
a) Any of the following who is residing with or has resided with the respondent:
  • A spouse, a person living as a spouse, or a former spouse of the respondent;
  • A parent, a foster parent, or a child of the respondent, or another person related by consanguinity or affinity to the respondent;
  • A parent or child of a spouse, person living as a spouse, or former spouse of the respondent, or another person related by consanguinity or affinity to a spouse, person living as a spouse, or former spouse of the respondent.

b) The natural parent of any child of whom the respondent is the other natural parent or is the putative (presumed or alleged) other natural parent.

  • “Person living as a spouse” means a person who is living or has lived with the respondent in a common law marital relationship, who otherwise is cohabiting with the respondent, or who otherwise has cohabitated with the respondent within five (5) years prior to the date of the alleged occurrence of the act in question.

Other forms of abuse such as verbal, emotional, or financial control are important factors in any domestic violence situation and are not to be minimized. However, these factors alone may not meet the legal definition in Ohio Domestic Violence Law.


Domestic Violence Department Staff:

  • Supervisor/DV Case manager: Monica Christofferson (216) 443-2095 – Rm.48b
  • DV Coordinator: Maria Ranieri (216) 698-8529 – Rm.48d
  • DV Administrative Assistant: Katie Assion (216) 443-2046 – Rm.48
  • DV Case Manager Assistant: Daytona Harris (216) 698-4359 – Rm.48
  • DVCAC Advocates:
    Anna Drungil (216) 443-2136 – Rm.48c
    Megan Gergen (216) 443-3155 – Rm.48a
  • DV Scheduler for Magistrate Pellegrin: Amber Joyner (216) 443-8286 – Rm.51
  • DV Scheduler for Magistrate Zafarana: Keith Hurley (216) 443-7997 – Rm.49