Aisha Fraser Mason’s uncle recently took an 11-question test to determine the level of risk she faced before the day her estranged husband, disgraced former Cuyahoga County Judge Lance Mason stabbed her to death, according to police.
Police and domestic violence experts often consider anyone who answers “yes” to at least four of the questions at risk for homicide from their domestic partner.
Fraser Mason could have answered “yes” to at least six questions, her uncle George Fraser determined.
The tests — commonly known as lethality assessments — are used in domestic violence cases by some Ohio law enforcement agencies, including the Cleveland and Columbus police departments. But most states, including Ohio, do not require them by law.
Fraser believes a lethality assessment may have saved his niece’s life, and that it could still save many other victims of domestic violence.
He’s proposing that Ohio legislators pass a bill to require law enforcement across the state to conduct lethality assessments several times throughout the course of a domestic violence case — from the moment a report is made until the time an abuser is sentenced to prison and considered for parole.
“I am not looking for revenge,” Fraser said. “I’m looking for justice. It’s obvious justice was not served the first time around.”
Fraser has not yet discussed the proposal with any state lawmakers; he plans to announce it publicly Saturday during a memorial service for Fraser Mason at Olivet Baptist Church in Cleveland.
He does have a name in mind: Aisha’s Law.
“It is said that one never dies if one’s name is always spoken, for one reason or another,” Fraser said. “It simply would mean that Aisha did not live her incredible life in vain.”