Domestic Violence Unit
The Domestic Violence Unit prosecutes city ordinance violations in Seattle Municipal Court, involving crimes of misdemeanor intimate partner domestic violence, elder abuse, and child abuse/neglect cases.
Domestic violence transcends gender, age, ethnicity and sexual orientation. The Seattle City Attorney's Domestic Violence Unit provides support and resources for all domestic violence victims: women, men, children and the elderly.
The Unit's mission is "to deter the serious crime of domestic violence in Seattle. We will achieve our mission through aggressive prosecution, increased domestic violence offender accountability, advocacy for victims, and education to the community."
The Domestic Violence Unit is composed of experienced prosecutors and victim advocates, as well as dedicated support staff. The Unit is proud of its staff diversity and is represented by people of various cultures and ethnic/racial backgrounds. This also includes staff who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese dialects) and Tagalog.
Domestic Violence victim advocates work with victims of domestic violence and elder abuse. Additionally, there are advocates who work with victims of child abuse/neglect. All of the advocates work on teams with prosecutors to give victims the best possible assistance and representation in both arrest and non-arrest incidents of domestic violence and child abuse/neglect.