Ohio Efforts

On November 7, 2017, Ohio became the sixth state to pass Marsy’s Law joining California, Illinois, Montana, North & South Dakota.

Marsy’s Law for Ohio was endorsed by more than 375 elected officials including Governor John Kasich, Attorney General Mike DeWine, State Auditor Dave Yost, 16 county prosecutors, nearly two dozen county sheriffs, and state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

As State Director, I was honored to be leading a coalition of victims, advocates, and volunteers who worked tirelessly to see the approval of an amendment to Ohio’s Constitution that ensures equal rights for victims of crime.

Along with the entire Marsy’s Law for Ohio team, I am thankful to the many legislators, law enforcement, advocates and, most importantly, victims of crimes who helped in this effort.

I hope you’ll consider getting involved with efforts beyond Ohio to continue the fight for stronger crime victims’ rights across the country.

Trevor Vessels
State Director

Status of Marsy's Law in Ohio

Marsy’s Law for Ohio was passed by voters on November 7th, 2017 with the highest percentage vote in the last 25 years in Ohio for a state issue and the second-highest of all-time in the Buckeye State! As the state in which Marsy Nicholas and Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III were born, this victory for crime victims’ rights was a personal and very special win for the entire Marsy’s Law team.

Violent Crime In Your State: Did You Know?

According To Recently Released Statistics By The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI), Ohio Experienced 33,898 Violent Crimes In 2015.

  • In 2015, There Were 500 Murders And Nonnegligent Manslaughters.
  • In 2015 There Were 5,149 Rapes.
  • In 2015 There Were 12,554 Robberies.
  • In 2015 There Were 15,695 Aggravated Assaults.

Source: 2015 Crime In The United States, State Totals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Website, 9/26/16

Resources in Ohio

Ohio Attorney General Victim Services

Ohio Department Of Rehabilitation And Corrections’ Victims Services

Ohio Crime Victim Compensation Program

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center

Acton Ohio Coalition For Battered Women

Ohio Domestic Violence Network

Ohio Alliance To End Sexual Violence (OAESV)

Parents Of Murdered Children – Central Ohio Chapter

Parents Of Murdered Children – Greater Cincinnati Area Chapter

Parents Of Murdered Children – Trumbull County Chapter