In 1992, Tina Croucher’s abusive teenage boyfriend slipped into her bedroom while she was sleeping and murdered her. To prevent others from experiencing similar tragedies, her parents Jim and Elsa Croucher founded Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADV) in 1996.
CADV’s Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program reaches out to students all over Ohio and it has led to the Ohio legislature passing the Tina Croucher Act in 2009, which became effective in March 2010. The purpose of this new law is to educate teenagers about domestic violence.
Indoctrination begins through school curriculums starting at the seventh grade level and extends through the twelfth grade. Under this law, schools must have a dating violence policy, and middle and high school employees must receive training on dating violence. A dozen organizations in Northeast Ohio collaborate in assisting schools and communities to comply with the Tina Croucher Act and address potential violence and bullying among teenagers through student, conflict resolution teams. CADV works with leaders to bring the Tina Project to areas throughout Ohio.
If you or a loved one faces domestic violence issues, legal protection is available. Seek counsel as soon as possible from an experienced Cincinnati criminal defense lawyer.