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State Overview

Domestic Violence Legislation:Yes (RCW 26.50.010)
NIBRS Status:Certified
Additional Data ElementsNo
Law Enforcement DV System:Incident-based
Service Provider DV System:Summary
Service Provider SA System:Summary


State Summary

The state statute defining does include dating relationships between same-sex partners. The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs collects summary data from law enforcement agencies in the state monthly, including a summary form on domestic violence incidents. The domestic violence data are maintained in a separate database. Thye state is NIBRS-certified and is implementing a domestic violence indicator for all Group A offenses and is adding Violation of No Contact Order as a Group A offense. Currently, 22 agencies are reporting incident-based data to the state.

The Office of Financial Management's Statistical Analysis Center uses law enforcement data for research reports, including the Criminal Justice Data Book, which also includes court and jail data. All publications, as well as the law enforcement data, are available on the Center Web site.

The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence collects data on domestic homicides and suicides from newspaper clippings. A subset of these cases are reviewed in-depth by local community panels, with standard forms being completed for each incident. Reports are published every other year and are available online. The Department of Social and Health Services collects aggregate data from domestic violence and shelter programs; these data are shared with the Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs does not collect any service provider data. These data are instead collected by the Office of Crime Victim Advocacy.

The Office of Crime Victim Advocacy, in collaboration with the Department of Social and Health Services, is developing the Washington InfoNet, a statewide client data system to replace the paper report forms currently used. Approximately 120 agencies will provide specific crime and victim information via the system. The Office uses the information to produce an annual client service summary report; data are also available upon request.


State Projects

  • Domestic Violence Indicator
    The Washington State Criminal Justice Information Support is working toward the addition of a domestic violence indicator to its crime reporting system. The state is also working on adding the offense of Violation of No Contact/Protection Order to its NIBRS program.


  • Disability Advocacy Project
    The Washington Coalition Against Domestic Violence develops training curricula, service protocols, and models for collaboration that will increase and enhance support and advocacy for people with disabilities who are victims of domestic violence.


  • Prison Rape Elimination
    The Washington State Department of Corrections was awarded a grant and has subcontracted to the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs to create curricula and provide training in the areas of inmate orientation, staff training and investigations for both adult and juvenile facilities.


  • The Black People's Project
    The Black People's Project, created by Communities Against Rape and Abuse, develops creative and radical ways to challenge rape culture as it connects to the experience of being black in America. This includes presentations, curricula, and peer education about the American slave trade and culture; lynching movements at the turn of the 20th century and in contemporary USA; sexual abuse, torture and continued assaults on the black body as "object" and subject of loathing; disproportionality; the Criminal Justice System: police brutality, the prison industrial complex, the death penalty; and economic justice.


  • The Disability Pride Project
    The Disability Pride Project, created by Communities Against Rape and Abuse, generates radical action against violence and oppression within the disabilities community. The project challenges the oppressive stereotypes that surround this community and explores ways of resistance that are educational, creative, and political. The Disability Pride Project increases the community's capacity to support survivors of sexual violence and bolsters community efforts to promote safety, support and liberation in a manner that challenges rape and oppression. This goal is achieved by fostering education through critical dialogue, strengthening coalitions between people with disabilities and our allies, and by supporting community action that increases awareness of sexual violence, safety, and informed decision-making.


  • The Young People's Liberation Project
    Communities Against Rape and Abuse's Young People's Liberation Project supports young people organizing for safety, support, and liberation. The agency works creatively and collectively to challenge rape, abuse, and oppression. This project is a resource for young people who want to create support for young survivors of rape and abuse, as well as young people who want to work to end all forms of violence and oppression through activism and community-organizing.


  • Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex
    Communities Against Rape and Abuse organizes and is led by communities that are marginalized from the approach of strengthening the criminal justice system's response to sexual violence. The project works to create community-based systems of accountability and support in order to build healthy relationships and communities free of both interpersonal and state violence.

  • Available Reports

    General Crime

    Domestic Violence

    Sexual Assault


    Sample Data Collection Forms

    The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs provides this monthly summary reporting form for law enforcement, including a page for domestic violence incidents:

    The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence collects incident-based information for the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project using these forms:

    The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy provides these sample incident-based intake forms:

    The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy used these surveys to gather information on the experiences of crime victims and service practitioners:

    The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries collects information from victims applying for compensation using this form:


    Available Data

    General Crime

    Domestic Violence

    Sexual Assault


    Links to State Agencies and Resources