Domestic Violence Unit
The Pierce County Sheriff's Department Domestic Violence Unit is comprised of detectives and deputies whose responsibility is to investigate domestic violence related crimes - including assaults, property damage, court order violations, rapes, threats, custodial interference and others. Additionally, unit members serve as liaisons to health care providers, advocacy groups and social agencies to improve identification and reporting of existing instances of domestic violence and develop prevention strategies linking law enforcement and community efforts.
The Domestic Violence Unit is located in the Family Justice Center at 718 Court E in downtown Tacoma.
Victim Assistance Information
Domestic Violence Court Orders
If you are the victim of domestic violence, you can ask the city or county prosecuting attorney to file a criminal complaint. You also have the right to file a petition in superior, district, or municipal court requesting an order for protection from domestic abuse which could include any of the following:
- An order restraining your abuser from further acts of abuse
- An order directing your abuser to leave your household
- An order preventing your abuser from entering your residence, school, business, or place of employment
- An order awarding you or the other parent custody of, or visitation with, your minor child or children; and
- An order restraining your abuser from molesting or interfering with minor children in your custody.
The forms you need to obtain a protection order are available in any municipal, district, or superior court.
Extreme Risk Protection Orders
An Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) directs a person to surrender their firearms and makes it illegal to purchase or have control of firearms. It can be filed against a person who poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to self or others in the near future by having firearms. A petition can be filed by a person who is a family or household member of the respondent or a law enforcement agency.
You can download the forms or get them from the Pierce County Clerk’s Office. If you need assistance with the forms you can call the Pierce County Crisis Line at 1-800-576-7764.
Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE)
VINE is a free and anonymous computer-based service that provies victims of crime two important services: information and notification on the custody status of an inmate.
For offender custody information, call 1-877-846-3492 and follow the prompts. Callers can search the database and will quickly receive information on whther the inmate is still in custody. Victims may call VINE from any phone at any time to check on an inmate's custody status.
Callers may also choose to regsiter for an automated notification call when an inmate is released, transferred, or in the event of an escape. To register, caller simply enter the phone number (including area code) where they wanted to be reached. Callers will then be asked to enter a PIN number for use during notification. The service will automatically call when the inmate is released, transferred or in the event of an escape.
|VICTIM ASSISTANCE & SERVICES||PHONE NUMBER|
|Pierce County Sheriff’s Department - Emergency||911|
|Pierce County Sheriff’s Department - Non Emergency||253-798-4721|
|Pierce County Sheriff’s Department - Domestic Violence Unit||253-798-7530|
|Rebuilding Hope Sexual Assault Center||253-597-6424|
|Pierce County Prosecutors Office - Domestic Violence Unit||253-798-7446|
|Pierce County Clerks Office - Domestic Violence Protection Orders||253-798-8827|
|Crystal Judson Family Justice Center||253-798-4310|
|Pierce County Domestic Violence Helpline||253-798-4166|
|Pierce County Domestic Violence Helpline - Toll Free||1-800-764-2420|
|Pierce County Domestic Violence Helpline - TTY for hearing & speech impaired||253-798-4620|
|DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS & PROGRAMS||PHONE NUMBER|
|YWCA Women’s Shelter||253-383-2593|
|Family Renewal Shelter||253-475-9010|
|Tacoma Community House||253-383-3951|
|Korean Women’s Association & Shelter||253-359-0470|
|Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline||1-800-562-6025|
|Our Sister’s House||253-383-4275|