Hamilton Co. woman seeks change to protection order law

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton County woman is urging state legislators to change a law that could better protect victims of domestic violence.

Andrea Metil says her husband, Edward Camp, became violent just six months after they were married. Metil called police and sought a protection order against him, but says her husband avoided deputies who tried serving him court papers.

A ruling in April by the Ohio Supreme Court determined that defendants cannot be convicted of violating a protection order unless they were officially notified of its existence.

"I'm here today to help our state policy makers understand that this decision is hurting victims of family violence and calling our legislators to update Ohio law. This meeting is also about making domestic violence victims aware that they may not be protected by the court order that they were courageous enough to pursue," said Metil.

Metil is joining officials with the Ohio Domestic Violence Network asking Ohio lawmakers to broaden its definition of "actual notice" to allow notice to be given orally.

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