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Domestic and Relationship Violence

Domestic/Relationship Violence

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.

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.

On Campus…

  • The UWPD Victim Advocate is available to assist University of Washington students, faculty and staff (206.543.9337) experiencing domestic violence or relationship abuse. The Advocate can help with:
    • locating resources, both on and off campus, for a variety of needs including counseling and health services, civil legal assistance and housing.
    • obtaining a protection order and related assistance, such as transportation to court, help in filing the paperwork and preparation for hearings.
    • filing for Crime Victim’s Compensation and other forms of restitution.
    • planning for future safety.
  • Faculty and staff are also encouraged to review the UW Policy & Procedure on Violence in the Workplace.
  • Students who have concerns about relationship violence can contact the Health & Wellness Student Advocate (formerly known as SARIS) at hwadvoc@uw.edu. The Health and Wellness Student Advocate is a safe starting point for students affected by sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking.
  • CareLink—Faculty and Staff Assistance Program – 866.598.3978
  • Q Center – 206.897.1430
  • SafeCampus – Report threats and seek advice:
    • Seattle: 206.685.SAFE (206.685.7233)
    • Bothell: 425.352.SAFE (425.352.7233)
    • Tacoma: 253.692.SAFE (253.692.7233)

Off Campus…

Protective Court Orders

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 requires a person to refrain from:

  • coming near you, your home, place of work or other places you frequent such as a place of worship or gym.
  • contacting you via phone, text message, in person or over email.
  • having a third party contact you on his/her behalf.

The following is information on court orders that are available in Washington State. Getting a protection order, or deciding which kind to get, can be a confusing process. The UWPD Victim Advocate is happy to help. Contact her at 206-543-9337.

King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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.

Address Confidentiality Program

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 Technology Safety

Sometimes technology is used as a weapon in abusive relationships. This type of cyberstalking may include monitoring e-mails, harassment via social media or threatening to post personal pictures or videos without permission. The UWPD Victim Advocate can help discuss reporting options and technology safety at 206.543.9337.

For more information about technology safety, see the resources below: