Compare this Washington case to the Florida case where the woman got 20 years for firing a shot near her estranged husband. Washington is a fairly liberal state (although it’s self-defense laws are surprisingly strong – no duty to retreat in or out of the home), but no arrest where abused spouse had moved in with her new boyfriend, her boyfriend shoots abusive husband who was the subject of a restraining order. I understand how hard it is for battered women to make the decision to leave, but from a legal standpoint it is critical.
See our Domestic Violence Chapter, Chapter 13 in Self-Defense Laws of All 50 States
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