Domestic violence and relationship violence are different terms used to describe the same experience. Both refer to a pattern of behavior in which one person attempts to control another through threats or use of physical, sexual, verbal and/or psychological abuse.
Controlling, abusive behavior can occur between people of all races, ages, sexual orientations, religions and genders. It can occur between people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. It happens between people who are married, dating, divorced, living together and broken up.
No one should be abused. You deserve to be in a relationship where you and your children feel safe. If you are in an abusive relationship, or think you might be, there are people at the University of Washington and in the community who can help.
The UWPD Victim Advocate is available to assist University of Washington faculty and staff (206.543.9337) experiencing domestic violence or relationship abuse. The Advocate can help with:
Faculty and staff are also encouraged to review the UW Policy & Procedure on Violence in the Workplace.
Students who have concerns about relationship violence should contact the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Information Service (SARIS) at (206) 685-4357. SARIS is a confidential and safe starting point for students affected by sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking.
Safe Campus - Report threats and seek advice:
Q Center - 206.897.1430
UW Women's Center - 206.685.1090
CareLink—Faculty and Staff Assistance Program - 866.598.3978
Asian Counseling and Referral Service - 206.695.7600
Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Service - 206.726.0093 (TTY only) Only answered Monday - Thursday 8am to 5pm
Center for Battered Women - CBW is a domestic violence agency that serves Snohomish County - 24 hour hotline 425.252.2873
Consejo Counseling and Referral Service - 206.461.4880
Domestic Abuse Women’s Network - DAWN is a domestic violence agency that serves south King County - 425.656.7867
Eastside Domestic Violence Program - EDVP is a domestic violence agency serving communities east of Lake Washington - 24 Hour Hotline 425.746.1940
Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress - 206.744.1600; 206.744.4074 Nights/Weekends (rings to ER)
Jewish Family Services—Project Dvora - 206.461.3240
Korean Women’s Association - 888.508.2780
New Beginnings - New Beginnings is a domestic violence agency that serves the Seattle and Shoreline communities - 24 Hour Hotline 206.522.9472
The NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse - 206.568.7777 Only answered Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm
Seattle Indian Health Board - 206.324.9360, ext 2806
The UWPD is proud to be a member of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The mission of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCCADV) is to end domestic violence by facilitating collective action for social change. In county-wide public policy and education efforts, the Coalition provides leadership on behalf of community-based victim service agencies and their allies. The Coalition strives to represent the diverse interests of victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Sometimes people who don’t feel safe because of another person’s behavior choose to petition the court for a protective order. A protective order can restrain a person from:
The following is information on three court orders that are available in Washington State.
Domestic Violence Protection Order
Anyone who has experienced the legal definition of domestic violence can petition for a Domestic Violence Protection Order in Municipal, District or Superior Court. The law defines “domestic violence” as:
There is no cost for a Domestic Violence Protection Order.
For more information on Domestic Violence Protection Orders, visit the King County Protection Order Web site or contact the UWPD Victim Advocate at 206.543.9337.
Anyone who has experienced the legal definition of harassment can petition for an anti-harassment order in District or Superior court. The law defines “harassment” as two or more acts that:
It costs $53.00 to file for the order but the fee can be waived for victims of stalking, sexual assault or domestic violence.
For more information on anti-harassment orders visit the King County District Court Web site or contact the UWPD Victim Advocate at 206.543.9337.
Sexual Assault Protection Order
Anyone who has experienced the legal definition of sexual assault can petition for a sexual assault protection order in Municipal, District or Superior Court. The law defines “sexual assault” as:
There is no cost for this order.
For more information on Sexual Assault Protection Orders visit the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs or contact the UWPD Victim Advocate at 206.543.9337.
The Washington State Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) helps victims of stalking, sexual assault, trafficking and/or domestic violence by providing an alternate mailing address to use in place of a residential address. Participants in the program may legally use the ACP substitute address when working with state and local agencies. ACP staff will then forward mail to the actual residential address. State and local government agencies are required to accept the ACP substitute address. Private companies, though, do not have to accept the ACP address.
The second part of the program offers confidentiality for two normally public records: voter registration and marriage records.
For more information, go to the Washington State Address Confidentiality Program Web site or contact the UWPD Victim Advocate at 206.543.9337.