From 2004 to 2011, major domestic violence declined in East Region cities, but did not change in King County overall.
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 are 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).
- The 5-year (2007-2011) average rate of major domestic violence crimes for King County was 59.4 per 100,000 population.
- From 2004 to 2011, the rate of major domestic violence crimes declined in East Region cities.
- Despite considerable fluctuation between 2004 and 2011, rates of major domestic violence did not change in King County overall or in any sub-county area other than East Region cities.
- Changes in collection of domestic violence data in 2008 produced 2 major discontinuities in long-term trends. 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.