The Divorce Court arbitrator helps teens fight domestic violence

by Lynn Toler

After I was elected to the bench for the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court in 1993, I was astonished by how many domestic violence cases I saw. I remember one guy who had a room in his house his wife couldn’t enter. He monitored her car’s odometer and her telephone calls. He even timed her coming home from work. Eventually he hit her. Another case involved a man who hit his wife’s head against the dining room table. He actually said to me, “I took her head and I put it under the table to show her the dirt that she had missed when she mopped.”

Judge Toler will deliver the keynote at this weekend’s Exceptional Women Of Color conference.  For information, click here.

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