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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2421        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1407


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Bradley H. Jones, Jr.


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act protecting children from domestic violence.






Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Donald Humason


Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2421        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1407

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1407) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to protecting children from domestic violence.  The Judiciary. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2210 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act protecting children from domestic violence.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Section 13A of chapter 265 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:--

              (d) Whoever commits an assault or an assault and battery upon another within a dwelling and in the presence of a child under 16 years of age shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or in the house of correction for not more than 2½  years, or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.  Furthermore, the law enforcement agency filing the charges shall provide the department of social services, as established in chapter 18B, with a notice of the charges, to be used at the department’s discretion.              

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