From 2004 to 2011, domestic violence simple assault rates declined in King County, Seattle, South Region cities, and unincorporated areas of the 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 assault was 309.4 crimes per 100,000 population.
- From 2004 to 2011, King County’s rate of domestic violence simple assault fell, as did the rates in Seattle, South Region cities, and unincorporated areas.
- Rates for East and North Region cities did not change during this time.
- Changes in collection of domestic violence data in 2008 produced 2 major discontinuities in long-term trends and distorted 5-year average rates. See Notes & Sources for more detail.