Safety >> Domestic Violence >> Violation of Protection Orders Trends for Regional Cities

Between 2004 and 2011, reported violations of protection orders declined in King County, Seattle, South Region cities, and unincorporated areas.

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.
  • Between 2004 and 2011, reported violations of protection orders declined in King County, Seattle, South Region cities, and unincorporated areas.
  • Rates in East and North Region cities did not change during this period.