South Region cities had the highest 5-year average (2007-2011) rate of domestic violence simple assault (the most commonly reported type of domestic violence 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.
Data from city police departments in each region were combined to compute regional city rates of domestic violence crimes. A rate for all unincorporated areas of the county is shown separately, and is included in the King County rate.
More than half of domestic violence offenses reported in King County are simple assaults (attacks without a weapon and not resulting in serious injury).
- The 2007-2011 King County average rate of domestic violence simple assaults was 309.4 crimes per 100,000 population.
- The 5-year average rate in South Region cities was higher than rates in all other city-defined regions, unincorporated King County, and King County overall.
- 5,965 of King County’s 10,157 reported domestic violence crimes in 2011 were simple assaults (59%).
- Although Seattle’s 5-year average rate had been significantly reduced by low reporting in 2008, Seattle’s average rate was still lower than the rate for South Region cities when 2008 data were excluded. See Notes & Sources for more detail.