Safety >> Domestic Violence >> Major DV by Regional Cities

Averaging data from 2007 through 2011, the rate of major domestic violence was highest in Seattle and lowest in East Region cities.

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.

About 1 in 8 domestic violence offenses reported in King County are classified as ‘major domestic violence’ crimes (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault).

  • King County’s 2007-2011 average rate of major domestic violence crimes was 59.4 per 100,000 population.
  • The 5-year average rate of major domestic violence was highest in Seattle and lowest in East Region cities. 
  • Changes in collection of domestic violence data in 2008 produced 2 major discontinuities in long-term trends and distorted 5-year average rates. The 5-year rates for Seattle and King County were significantly lowered by reduced reporting of domestic violence in Seattle in 2008.  See Notes & Sources for more detail.
  • In 2011, 12% of reported domestic violence offenses were considered ‘major domestic violence,’ including 8 murders, 71 forcible rapes, 46 robberies, and 1,117 aggravated assaults (attacks involving a weapon capable of causing serious injury).  22% of all murders in the county (8 out of 36) were domestic violence murders. Of the 8 domestic-violence murders …
    • … 5 victims were adult females, 2 killed by husbands, 2 by boyfriends, and 1 by a male acquaintance. 
    • … 2 victims were adult males, both of whom were killed by their male partners.  An infant male son was also killed by one of the partners.
    • … 7 victims were white and 1 was Black.
    • … 5 were committed with hand guns.