Tina’s Law was passed in Ohio in December of 2009. This legislation was spearheaded by Ohio Citizens Against Domestic Violence. This organization was founded by Jim and Elsa Croucher. Jim and Elsa have lived in Butler County for 40 years. Jim is retired from the State of Ohio, and Elsa has retired from the Middletown School District.
Their youngest daughter, Tina, was murdered on December 21, 1992 at the age of 18, by an ex-boyfriend. As a result of Tina’s death, Jim and Elsa founded Citizens Against Domestic Violence and 1996.
They do presentations for middle and high school students, college students, youth groups, ladies groups, churches, and other various organizations. They work to educate people on what Domestic Violence is, how it affects individuals, families, churches, communities, and how persons involved can be helped.
Under the law, school districts must adopt a policy to prevent and address dating violence at school and train staff on prevention education for 7th through 12th grade health classes.
The bill also requires that the Ohio Board of Education develop a dating violence prevention policy for schools.