The Domestic Violence Unit investigates felony and/or misdemeanor crimes involving family household members and people in relationships. DV Unit Detectives conduct follow-up investigations based on police reports completed by patrol officers. They can provide information regarding the status of your case, if a detective and/or advocate will be assigned, and if felony or misdemeanor charges will be filed. Detectives can respond to the scene of serious assaults 24-hours a day, 7 days a week in order to gather evidence and initiate a follow up investigation.
The felony squad investigates felony cases if the suspect is in custody or at large. The misdemeanor squad investigates crimes that do not rise to the level of a felony. These misdemeanor detectives work closely with the Seattle City Attorney's Office to prevent domestic violence from escalating. Other specialized crimes handled by this unit include elder abuse and fraud, custodial interference and stalking. Additionally, the unit coordinates Domestic Violence warrant service and service of Protection and Anti-Harassment Orders.
Court Order Service
Once approved by a judge, petitioners may drop off the service copy of the DV or anti-harassment/stalking order at SPD Headquarters at 610 5th Ave, Seattle Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00pm. An SPD officer will attempt to serve the respondent. If service is not possible because they can't find the respondent, further assistance may be helpful. If there is additional information on the whereabouts of the respondent, please call the DV Unit. The order must be served on the respondent 5 court days before the 2-week hearing.
To check the status of service, call the DV Unit (Mon-Fri 8-5) at 206-684-0330 or register with the WA SAVIN Program. If service has not been accomplished, the petitioner will still need to appear at the hearing and request an extension of the temporary order. Failure to appear at the 2-week hearing will result in the case being dismissed. Call the Victim Support Team (VST) at 206-684-7721 if you have additional questions or would like to make a plan to stay safe.
DV Firearms, Voluntary Surrender Program
In most cases, Domestic Violence Firearms may be voluntarily surrendered to the Seattle Police Department in one of two ways:
At a Domestic Violence Scene
A concerned party who has "dominion and control" over a Domestic Violence Firearm may voluntarily surrender firearm(s) to an SPD officer at the scene of a domestic violence incident. SPD officers will ask about firearms when a Domestic Violence report is taken.
From a Premise in the City Limits
A concerned party who has "dominion and control" over a Domestic Violence Firearm in a non-emergency situation, may call SPD Communications at 206-625-5011 to voluntarily surrender the firearm. The caller will be instructed to press "2" then "8" to speak to a dispatcher. An officer will be dispatched to the party's premise to accept the firearm. Domestic Violence Surrendered Firearms will not be accepted at the precincts. Voluntarily surrendered Domestic Violence Firearms are stored at the SPD Evidence Unit until released by court order or by other action. There may be exceptions to the above two circumstances where firearms will not be accepted by SPD officers. Also, these surrenders are separate from Domestic Violence firearms that are seized for evidentiary value or are surrendered via court order.