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Mayor's Office for Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention

If you or your family are in immediate danger, call 911.

If you have been abused by an intimate partner, call the Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-562-6025.

If you have been sexually assaulted, call the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center: 1-888-998-6423.

Every year, approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States. Many of these cases are never reported to the police. In Washington State 19% of women and 9% of men reported experiencing domestic violence during their lifetime.

Although domestic violence affects people of all backgrounds, Hispanic/Latina, African American, American Indian and Alaska Natives, and Asian and Pacific Islander women are at 2.5 to 3.5 times greater risk for domestic violence homicides than white, non-Hispanic women. Additionally, women living in low-income households are at heightened risk of domestic violence. Further research which followed women over time suggests that poverty increases the risk for domestic violence, and domestic violence increases the risk for poverty.

The City of Seattle continues to lead, partner and support efforts to end domestic violence, sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation. This involves collaborating with numerous private and public agencies to provide many services and programs, convening elected leaders and community partners to work together, and seeking public and private funding to enhance programs and services for Seattle residents. We also help victims and survivors create safe and violence-free lives, and heal from the trauma of abuse or sexual assault.

Annually, the Human Services Department (HSD) invests in more than $4.9 million in services and programs to address domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, intervention, coordinated response and offenders' accountability programs. Programs focusing on specialized populations include Multilingual Access Project ( and Peace in the Home Helpline (a 24/7 victim advocacy phone line which allows limited English survivors to connect with an advocate in 14 languages).

Much of our work takes place in the Domestic Violence Prevention Council, which develops, implements and coordinates citywide efforts to reduce and prevent domestic violence. Human Services Department staff oversee the workings of the council and coordinate the efforts of its member agencies.

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Seattle Family Justice Center Feasibility Analysis

The City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Foundation are pleased to provide the final report from the Seattle Family Justice Center Feasibility Analysis. Based on the positive feedback and recommendations included in the report, City leadership will be proceeding to the next stage of development for a co-located domestic violence response center based on the Family Justice Center model. The next steps will be to engage in a strategic planning process and to begin fund development. The strategic planning process will ensure that the ultimate design of the project will meet the unique needs of our community.

Biennial Report on Domestic Violence in Seattle

Toward Safety and Justice: Domestic Violence in Seattle is a biennial report that aims to raise public awareness of all aspects of domestic violence what it is, who and how many people it affects, and how the community responds to domestic violence. The report include national and local criminal justice and service data that helps explain the scope of the problem in our region. Also, it includes the Citys efforts to address these problems and gaps in services.

Promising Practices in Sexual Violence Prevention and Community Mobilization for Prevention: A Report to the City of Seattle

This report was commissioned by the Seattle Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Division within the City of Seattle Human Services Department. The report is an overview of the current state of the literature related to effective and promising approaches to sexual violence prevention. Additionally, current knowledge regarding best practices and critical elements of community mobilizing as a prevention strategy are reviewed. The goal of the report is to assist the City and its community partners in identifying sexual violence prevention-related activities that are likely to carry the greatest impact given limited resources.

Youth Involvement in Prostitution in Seattle

"Who Pays the Price? Youth Involvement in Prostitution in Seattle", completed by Dr. Debra Boyer, was commissioned to guide funding and policy decisions, and to help facilitate a more coordinated response to the problem.

Through The Lens of Domestic Violence: A look at Housing and Homelessness

Strategic Plan

The 2013-2015 Domestic Violence Strategic Plan: Seattles Criminal Justice Response, adopted by the Domestic Violence Prevention Council in January 2013, builds upon the ongoing efforts of the City of Seattle to achieve a bold vision that Seattle will become a community where there is no domestic violence. The response to domestic violence within our community includes a broad spectrum of intervention and prevention initiatives carried out by numerous agencies, all of which are designed to address the comprehensive needs of a domestic violence survivor. This proposed plan is the continuation of Seattles efforts to reflect upon and improve our criminal justice systems response to domestic violence, which comprises a narrow range of interventions and services. The graphic below provides a visual representation of the strategic plan, including purpose, focus areas, guiding principles and factors critical to success.

Seattle Domestic Violence Strategic Plan Summary


For more information, call the Seattle Human Services Departments Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program at 206-386-1001.

For more information about our partners and other programs and services, visit:

Important note: An abuser may be able to tell what Internet sites you have visited while on your home computer. The safest place to find information on the Internet is at a local library, a friends house, or at work. There may be other ways to protect your safety on the Internet. For more information, please visit:

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.