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Update on 2013 Domestic Violence Statistics for King County

Summary

In 2013, there were over 1,000 felony domestic violence cases filed. The cases involved threats to kill, felony assault where a victim receives medical treatment or when it involves strangulation, robbery, rape, and felony violations of a court order (assault during an order, or prior convictions for order violation).

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Update on 2013 Domestic Violence Statistics for
King County

In 2013, there were over 1,000 felony domestic violence cases filed.  The cases involved threats to kill, felony assault where a victim receives medical treatment or when it involves strangulation, robbery, rape, and felony violations of a court order (assault during an order, or prior convictions for order violation).

According to King County Superior Court, one of the most common domestic violence charges brought is assault by strangulation, which was elevated to a felony from a gross misdemeanor when the new strangulation law was passed in 2007.  The law made Washington state one of the first states in the nation to have it.  Today, it is considered one of the strongest criminal justice responses to DV assault by strangulation.  Since enacted in July of 2007, there have been over 1,000 strangulation cases formally charged by the PAO. 

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