Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence - Mississippi

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Circumstances That Constitute Witnessing

Citation: Ann. Code § 97-3-7(6)

In criminal law: The crime of domestic violence is committed 'in the physical presence or hearing of a child' when a child who is under age 16 was, at the time of the offense, living within the residence of the victim, the residence of the perpetrator, or the residence where the offense occurred.

Consequences

Citation: Ann. Code § 97-3-7(6)

In sentencing for the crime of domestic violence, the court shall consider whether the crime was committed in the physical presence or hearing of a child as an aggravating factor.