Relationship Violence


Relationship violence is the most common form of violence to enter the workplace. A US Justice Department and Centers for Disease Control study in 2000 found that almost 25 percent of women and 7 percent of men reported that they had been assaulted by a current or former partner.

Students who are in a relationship where their health and safety may be at risk is should get help as soon as possible. If you are in such a relationship talk to someone you trust about your situation.

If you know a student who is experiencing relationship violence encourage the employee to explore the options for assistance that are available at the UW (see below under ACT) or in the community.

Protection Orders

There are a variety of types of "protection orders" that a person can obtain. Forms to obtain a protection order are available in any municipal, district, or superior court.

  • An order restraining the abuser from further acts of abuse;
  • An order directing the abuser to leave your household;
  • An order preventing the abuser from entering a residence, school, business, or place of employment;
  • An order awarding custody of, or visitation with a minor child or children; and
  • An order restraining the abuser from molesting or interfering with minor children in a person's custody.


Tell someone you trust about your situation. Notify the UW Police Department if you have received a direct threat or if you have been harmed.

These UW resources can assist students who who are experiencing or who have concerns about relationship violence.

The UW Violence Prevention and Response Program - 425-352-SAFE (425-352-7233)
In addition to other resources the VPRP provides support and education to ensure that individuals are connected with services and resources that fit their needs and concerns.

The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Information Service (SARIS) is a confidential, free program for students who are victims/survivors of sexual assault or relationship violence and friends, family, and significant others seeking information about sexual assault and relationship violence. Contact SARIS via telephone at 206-685-HELP (685-4357) or e-mail at

UW Bothell Counseling Services: 425-352-3183
Confidential, short-term personal counseling is available free-of-charge to currently-enrolled UW Bothell students. Students may utilize counseling for a wide range of personal concerns such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and adjustment issues.
UW Women's Center
In addition to other resources, the UW Women's Center offers a Violence Prevention Program.

Notification of Protection Orders

If you have obtained an Order for Victim Protection that includes a University of Washington location(s) please:

  • Provide a copy of the order to the local Police Department and to UW Bothell Security & Campus Safety - 425-352-5359
  • Report the situation to the Violence Prevention & Response Team at 425-352-SAFE (352-7233). The Violence Prevention and Response Team will convene the Threat Assessment Team to make on-campus safety recommendations for your employee and your work location.


If you or others may be in danger


425-352-SAFE (7233)
For advice and resources


Safety Escort Program