In 2011, simple assaults and violation of protection orders comprised the majority of domestic violence crimes reported in King County.
Violence in the home kills, injures, and is a major cause of homelessness among women and children. Witnessing and experiencing family violence increases the likelihood that children will themselves become abusers or victims as adults.
City police departments and the King County Sheriff’s Office collect and report data on violent and property offenses that qualify as domestic violence. A total of 10,157 domestic violence offenses were reported in 2011.
- 59% (5,965) of King County’s reported domestic violence offenses were simple assaults (attacks without a weapon and not resulting in serious injury).
- 23% (2,361) were violations of protective orders.
- 12% of 2011 offenses were considered ‘major domestic violence,’ a category that included 8 murders, 71 forcible rapes, 46 robberies, and 1,117 aggravated assaults (attacks involving a weapon capable of causing serious injury).
- 6% of domestic violence reports were classified as property crime (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson).