Safety >> Domestic Violence >> Violation of Protection Orders by Regional Cities

Averaging data from 2007 to 2011, violation-of-protection-order rates were highest in South Region cities 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 4 domestic violence offenses reported in King County are violations of protection orders (including court-ordered no-contact, protection, restraining, and anti-harassment orders that involve domestic violence).

  •  King County’s 2007-2011 average rate of domestic violence violation of protective orders was 121.1 per 100,000 population.
  • 5-year average rates of violation of protection orders were highest in South Region cities and lowest in the 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. See Notes & Sources for more detail. Seattle’s rate was reduced significantly by the reporting change in 2008.
  • 2,361 of King County’s 10,157 reported domestic violence crimes in 2011 were violations of protection orders (23%).