Prevent Domestic Homicides by Making Non-Fatal Strangulation a Felony

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Target: Jim Butler, Chair of the Ohio House of Representatives Judiciary Committee

Goal:  Stop domestic homicide by charging harsher punishments for non-fatal strangulation.

Andre Jeter allegedly stabbed his wife, Monica Weber-Jeter, 28 times. Weber-Jeter spent 32 days in the ICU before succumbing to her injuries. Her murder was preempted by a string of escalating attacks by her husband, including a near-fatal strangulation. Now, her family is pushing for stricter penalties for non-fatal strangulation. Demand that non-fatal strangulation be made a felony in Ohio and help prevent domestic homicide.

Strangulation is one of most accurate predictors of future homicide in domestic partnerships. It is also one of the most common forms of physical abuse. Studies suggest that up to 68 percent of women in abusive relationships have been strangled by their partner at least once. These attacks are red flags for an escalation of violence in the partnership. Weber-Jeter endured at least one strangulation attempt by her husband prior to her murder and she nearly died. Jeter admitted to strangling his wife and served only 11 days of a 180-day sentence. If he had been convicted of a felony instead of a misdemeanor, then Weber-Jeter might still be alive.

Weber-Jeter’s family initiated ‘Monica’s Law’ after her death. This bill identifies strangulation as lethal force and classifies it as a third-degree felony. Thirty-eight states already prosecute strangulation as a felony. It is time that Ohio joined them and took a stand against domestic violence. Sign below to urge the Ohio House of Representatives Judiciary Committee to pass this bill and take a step towards ending domestic homicide.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chairman Butler,

Monica Weber-Jeter died after her husband allegedly stabbed her 28 times. This wasn’t the first time Andre Jeter attacked his wife, though. Early in the year, Andre confessed to strangling his wife until she was nearly unconscious. He served 11 days of his 180-day sentence and was released on probation. Nine months later, his wife was dead.

Strangulation is one of the most accurate predictors of homicide in domestic partnerships. Nearly 68 percent of women in abusive partnerships have reported being strangled by their partner at least once. Strangulation is a form of lethal force and often leads to domestic homicide.

In Ohio, non-fatal strangulation is considered a misdemeanor and carries a light punishment. Thanks to ‘Monica’s Law’, that could change. If passed, this bill will make non-fatal strangulation a third-degree felony. We urge you to pass this bill and take a stand against domestic violence.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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