This Comment explores Washington State’s recent increase in sentencing for chronic domestic violence offenders, concluding that the increase is a significant step towards treating domestic violence with the seriousness it deserves. Part II discusses the costs and consequences of domestic violence. Part III provides a brief history of domestic violence laws and discusses the evolution of domestic violence sentencing in Washington State. Part IV explains HB 2777. Part V explores the strengths and weaknesses of HB 2777. Finally, Part VI concludes and offers suggestions for change.
Patricia Sully, Taking it Seriously: Repairing Domestic Violence Sentencing in Washington State, 34 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 963 (2011).