New domestic violence ordinance passes
September 24, 2013
The Issaquah City Council passed a new domestic violence ordinance during its regular meeting Sept. 16.
Originally proposed by Councilman Josh Schaer during the council’s goal-setting retreat this spring, the ordinance will mean harsher penalties for suspects who commit domestic violence in the presence of children.
“Exposing minor children to domestic violence is a gross misdemeanor,” the ordinance reads. “Any person convicted of this crime shall be punished by imprisonment of not less than 30 days.
“If the person is sentenced to less than the maximum statutory sentence, the court shall place the defendant on probation and the court shall impose conditions of probation that include attendance at a certified domestic violence perpetrator treatment program as well as a treatment program that addresses the effects of domestic violence on children.”
The council passed the ordinance unanimously and without discussion.