Kennewick, Wash. - State lawmakers are saying strangulation is one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence. Because of that, they want a law in the books making the crime more serious.
Almost two dozen women in our area have been killed by men they knew within the past several years. Many of the men had been arrested for similar crimes before, but ended up killing their victims.
Experts said jail time needs to be paired with treatment in order for abusers to change their behavior. The bills are proposed to do just that. Both Senate Bill 5953 and House Bill 2119 increase the penalties for domestic abusers who strangle their victims.
It's a step in the right direction that could save a life according to one victim's advocate.
The language in the bills say strangulation between an abuser and their victim is very common in Washington. Lawmakers propose it's unusually cruel because of the physical and mental damage it causes to victims.
Both house and senate bills have been sent to committees to review.