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Domestic Violence Prevention Council

The Seattle Domestic Violence Prevention Council, established in 1996, works in tandem with Seattles Mayor and City Council to provide leadership, oversight and coordination of the City of Seattles efforts to end domestic violence. Through the work of two subcommittees, the council developed and is in the process of implementing the 2013-2015 Domestic Violence Strategic Plan: Seattles Criminal Justice Response.

Council co-chairs are:

  • Seattle Human Services Department Director Catherine L. Lester
  • Interim Chief of Police Harry Bailey
  • City Attorney Peter Holmes
  • City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

The council includes representatives from:

  • Mayors Office
  • Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
  • Seattle Fire Department
  • Seattle Office for Civil Rights
  • Seattle Office of Intergovernmental Relations
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation
  • Seattle Women's Commission
  • King County Coalition against Domestic Violence
  • Public Health Seattle & King County

The council is staffed by the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program in the Human Services Department.

Because domestic violence is a complex problem that knows no geographic or socio-economic boundaries, we are committed to working closely with our community partners human services providers, businesses, schools, health care professionals, media, faith communities, other government officials and concerned residents to stop domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Prevention Council has one subcommittee, the Criminal Justice Subcomittee.

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.


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:

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.