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On June 16th, 2020, North Bend City Councilmembers unanimously approved a new ordinance making it a crime to commit domestic violence in the presence of minor children.
According to the new law, a person commits the crime of exposing minor children to domestic violence when he or she 1) commits a crime of domestic violence, as defined in chapter 10.99 RCW and 2) the crime is committed in the immediate presence of, or is witnessed or heard by, the person’s or the victim’s minor (under 16 years of age) child, minor stepchild, or a minor child residing within the household of the person or victim.
Exposing a child to domestic violence is classified as a gross misdemeanor by the city’s ordinance. If convicted, a person could face “not less than 30 days” in jail. If the offender gets less than the maximum sentence, they can be placed on probation and the court can impose conditions such as attending a certified domestic violence treatment program as well as programs that address the effects of domestic violence on children.