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Tina's Law: Educating Youth On Dating Violence
Tuesday, December 29, 2009 11:26:40 AM - Monroe Ohio
TinaGovernor Ted Strickland has signed Tina's Law into Ohio law.

The law requires all school districts in Ohio to take extra steps to prevent dating violence among teenagers in 7th through 12th grade.

House Bill 19 was called the Tina Croucher Act in memory of a Butler County 18-year-old murdered by her ex-high school boyfriend on Dec. 21, 1992 in Middletown, Ohio.

Jim and Elsa Croucher of Monroe, founded Citizens Against Domestic Violence in response to their daughter Tina's murder. They testified in support of the legislation and speak at area high schools about dating violence and healthy relationships.

The bill requires the Ohio Board of Education to develop dating violence prevention policy and teach classes that would last one to three weeks.

House Bill 19 was sponsored by state Rep. Sandra Harwood, a Democrat from Niles, and carried in the Senate by state Sen. Gary Cates, R-West Chester. It becomes law in about 90 days.
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